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Park_Ridge_Dave
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Posted Sat Dec 22, 2012, 5:25am
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

BubbaDude Said:

I would just move to a better house.

Posted December 21, 2012 link

OUCH! lol

 
Don't forget to stop and smell the coffee...... er flowers!
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Posted Sat Dec 22, 2012, 10:00am
Subject: A new house...
 

Yes, go to an Architect's office with your BDB, grinder & knock box. Put it on his/her desk and demand s/he design a house around it. Problem solved!

Has anyone been using the 10g basket regularly with success? I bought the 15g VST in hopes of using it for testing coffee @ 14g vs 18 each time. Since they like a finer grind I'm getting much sloppier pucks and some clumping from my grinder. Should I consider shorter overall times for shots because of the reduction in dose? I'm so used to doubles at 28 seconds (without pre-infusion) that I never considered time as a variable. I love a VST basket, but the soppy pucks are sad.

Another quick question since I have your attention- I thought I read somewhere the cleaning disk has a pin-hole in it, and watching the video on Breville's site water definitely is coming out during the cleaning cycle. I haven't had 'clean me' yet but it should be soon. My disk doesn't allow any water through, I've used it to backflush (with just water) when finished pulling shots everyday. And to check my OPV. No water comes through, it's a real blind.

FWIW, the sloppy VST shot made a lovely Americano.

Thanx!
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Posted Sat Dec 22, 2012, 1:34pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

BubbaDude Said:

I would just move to a better house.

Posted December 21, 2012 link

/<giggles...  
"Ya, I guess that kitchen with the pasta faucet over the prosumer wolf stove/oven, copper farmhouse sink, exhaust hood over the center console gas wok range, and six plate/bread warmers was a real let down without the coffee station + 30 amp surge protected, gfi, wall socket next to the mini bar sink..."

Yer right, 'Honey!.... we need a new....'

(sorry for putting words in someone elses mouth; more a rendition of my personal thought process when I got my coffee toys!)

- oh, and Motta Europa... mmmkay.... sexy... I must not want / I must not want / I must not...
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Posted Sun Dec 23, 2012, 8:26pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

MerleApAmber Said:

- oh, and Motta Europa... mmmkay.... sexy... I must not want / I must not want / I must not...

Posted December 22, 2012 link

I've got one, it's the bomb. What's the big deal, after dropping $2500 on a BDB/Vario/Hottop combo, why cheap out on the milk jug? I rarely make milk drinks, but I'm prepared.

 
"I've Scaced many HX/E61 machines, seeing shot variances of up to 8-10F or more. [The BDB] stays within 1F." - Mark Prince
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Posted Mon Dec 24, 2012, 9:26pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Bubbadude,
While you you have a fine point, I honestly have both a10 ounce and 20 ounce pitcher; which work well...for me it's more about one of the seven deadly sins than - yep I really need this.   Sigh, sad sometimes it comes down to this huh?
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 7:02pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Sure does. But my motto is: "you can never have too many tools."

 
"I've Scaced many HX/E61 machines, seeing shot variances of up to 8-10F or more. [The BDB] stays within 1F." - Mark Prince
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:58pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

My Clean Me light finally came on so I can officially run a cleaning tab through my machine.  Yesterday, plugged in the single with the rubber disk and cleaning tablet, waited the requisite 370 seconds, then wiped everything down and held the 2 cup button to rinse out the residue.  Later in the evening I went to pull an espresso and nothing.  The machine hisses and grinds but the pressure gauge never moves.  After a while some liquid began to leak through the puck and into the cup but the the pressure gauge remained at 0.  Shut it all down and figured I'd try again in the  morning.

In the AM, same result.  I pulled out my handy allen wrench and removed the screen and disk, washed everything down, reassembled and again, nothing.  Since I have family in town for the holiday I'll call Breville when I can in the next day or two but if anyone has any ideas or suggestions, I'm open.  This is the first issue I've had with the machine since replacing it way back in the beginning for the overpressure issue.

Michael
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 11:59pm
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

One more note, the steam works perfectly and there's hot water available from the dispenser.

Michael
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Park_Ridge_Dave
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Posted Thu Dec 27, 2012, 7:35am
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

michaelgo Said:

One more note, the steam works perfectly and there's hot water available from the dispenser.

Michael

Posted December 26, 2012 link

Does it do this (nothing) on all three modes (i.e. Manual 1 cup & 2 cup)? Just wondering if it's a programming "thing"

Also, if all else fails, I bet Breville may ask you to reset it. Just a thought.

Good luck! And keep us posted, please!

Dave

 
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Posted Thu Dec 27, 2012, 10:31am
Subject: Re: Breville Dual Boiler BES900XL Owners Thread
 

Michael, your problem sounds like what a few of the Aussies have had:  O-ring gasket failure on the three-way solenoid valve.  Several have had theirs fixed.  In Australia, Breville has repair shops fix the warrantied BDB's instead of replacing them (presumably because Australian courts do not tolerate frivolous law suits like ours do), verus full replacements like we get.  On the flip side, they get a TWO year warranty vice our ONE year warranty.

Anyhow, that gives the owner an opportunity to interact with the repair man, and IF he is mechanically inclined, can learn valuable things that can help him in the future, or help the rest of us, if he shares.

If your problem is indeed a bad gasket on your 3-way, it should be pretty easy to fix by yourself.  Even if Breville won't sell you an O-ring, you can find your own replacement as long as it's not of a proprietary shape.  Please get back to us, with what you find out.

-peter
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