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germantownrob
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Espresso: Duetto 3, A Dead Oscar
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Roaster: Diedrich IR-1, HT B
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 12:40pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

emradguy Said:

yeah, I think someone actually posted an oops thread because they tried to use it without reading they had to hook up that line.  Though, it's pretty hard to miss that warning sheet when you open the box.

Posted January 14, 2013 link

John heads up was good even with the big warning at the top of the box. Those two 10mm hex nuts are a bit of a pain to get a wrench on and would be super easy to drop one retreading it but all went without a hitch. Machine is heating up now. I am so looking forward to an espresso, once I get some good pours with some old beans I will hopefully be able to pull a shot, it will be my first of the new year.

I will most likely need some Advil tonight from moving the box into the house.

Sipping a cap and I am in heaven. I guess I do like shiny things, all that chrome I have blacked out in my life. Warning stickers do not do anything to keep from burning yourself, it might as well read "touch here, you won't do it again". So quiet, my grinder is the loudest now and the Vario is not that loud.
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germantownrob
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Joined: 2 Dec 2007
Posts: 2,153
Location: Philadelphia
Expertise: I love coffee

Espresso: Duetto 3, A Dead Oscar
Grinder: Vario-W, Preciso w/Esatto,...
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Diedrich IR-1, HT B
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 2:33pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

I thought Oscar had some steam power, I thought wrong, I almost pissed myself when 4oz of milk almost jumper out of the 10oz pitcher when I submerged the tip. They seem have forgotten to send me the 4 hole tip but I am fine with the two hole for now.at this point I am fine with the boiler at 255f, that may change when I have some practice and some back to backs to do.i take it the silicon tube in the steam wand is what you pull out to not have the no burn? Just grab with pliers and pull?

Brew boiler is at 10.2 bar with a blind, I am used to closer to 11 with the Oscar so I will leave it be for the time being. I will need to pop the shell off again to try and tighten brew pressure gauge since it is loose and tilted sideways ( I can read it just fine since I am a bit tilted anyway) so I can adjust brew pressure then if needed.

What do you do when walking up to the Duetto to pull a shot?
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steven_meyer
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Espresso: Alex Duetto 3.0, ECM  Giotto...
Grinder: HG-One, Mahlkonig K-30 vario
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 3:02pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

I got mine last Friday, but I screwed up and didn't order the 15 amp converter cord. UPS says I will get it this Friday!
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steven_meyer
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Espresso: Alex Duetto 3.0, ECM  Giotto...
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 3:06pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

germantownrob Said:

Those two 10mm hex nuts are a bit of a pain to get a wrench on and would be super easy to drop one retreading it but all went without a hitch.

Posted January 14, 2013 link

 


I dropped  one of the washers. For the life of me I couldn't find it.
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emradguy
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Location: Houston
Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4, Pharos,...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 3:17pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

That's weird they left out the 4-hole tip.  In truth, I just put mine back on this weekend.  I was a bit overwhelmed by the steam power after switching over to the burn me so I had put the 2 hole tip on to give me a little more time to froth.  So, yeah, exactly like you said, you should only have to remove the tip and then grab the tube with pliers and pull.  However, I did have the whole wand off when I did mine, as I was lubing the articulation at the time as well (I'd had it a few months).

I have mine on a timer.  It comes on at 5:30am, every day, and the earliest I ever get to it is about 6:20 - 6:30.  I grab a frothing pitcher and go fill it with milk, then come back to the machine, flip a cup over (from upside down to right side up) on the warming tray, pop off the pre-warmed pf handle and then start prepping my basket.  When my basket is ready, I put the handle with the backflush disc on and run a water only flush to make sure the screen is clean (I'm not the only "barista" in my house, and the other one usually worked with the machine last).  The good part is, this also provides me a warming flush.  So, next I engage the prepared pf handle and pull my shot into the cup (I use a naked handle and so my larger cups fit under it). Close to the end of the shot, I purge the steam wand, so then as soon as the shot's done, it's ready to froth my milk.  Although you can, I don't like to froth at the same time because I like to watch the shot.  I've found there's really no wait for steam pressure (as you've also found out).

 
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germantownrob
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Location: Philadelphia
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Espresso: Duetto 3, A Dead Oscar
Grinder: Vario-W, Preciso w/Esatto,...
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Diedrich IR-1, HT B
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 3:18pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

steven_meyer Said:

I dropped  one of the washers. For the life of me I couldn't find it.

Posted January 14, 2013 link

ROFL, the very next thought after finding the prober wrench setup was " crap, they have washers", The standard turn upside down and shake is really not going to be that easy. After many concusions and years of working with my hands I have very little feeling left in my finger tips, even when I successively have something in my fingers there is no guarantee that they won't just open up and drop it even though I didn't tell them to do that. I will have to be very careful with those suckers.
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emradguy
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Expertise: I live coffee

Espresso: Duetto II; Twist v2
Grinder: M Major, Macap M4, Pharos,...
Drip: Espro presses; Aeropress
Roaster: H-B "List of Favorites"
Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 3:19pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

steven_meyer Said:

I dropped  one of the washers. For the life of me I couldn't find it.

Posted January 14, 2013 link

oh, that sucks!  Do you have a mechanics "magnet on a stick"?  Sometimes you can fish things out without ever seeing where they actually went...of course, they have to be magnetic susceptible.

 
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jwoodyu
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Espresso: Allex Duetto II
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 4:11pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

germantownrob Said:

I almost pissed myself when 4oz of milk almost jumper out of the 10oz pitcher when I submerged the tip.

Posted January 14, 2013 link

LOL

germantownrob Said:

I am fine with the boiler at 255f, that may change when I have some practice and some back to backs to do.

Posted January 14, 2013 link


i run mine at 255 daily but for a party I amp it up.

germantownrob Said:

i take it the silicon tube in the steam wand is what you pull out to not have the no burn? Just grab with pliers and pull?

Posted January 14, 2013 link

That is it, I took the tip off, grabbed the tube with the leatherman and gave it jerk.

germantownrob Said:

Brew boiler is at 10.2 bar with a blind, I am used to closer to 11 with the Oscar so I will leave it be for the time being.

Posted January 14, 2013 link

I would like to see some other post about what they are seeing. Mine is a touch over 9 normally, and touch less than 9.5 with the blind in.

germantownrob Said:

What do you do when walking up to the Duetto to pull a shot?

Posted January 14, 2013 link

10-4 on the timer. Grind, tamp, pull but when i am done I clear the PF then stick it back in the machine, flush a 2-3 seconds of water then clear the PF wipe it and the inside of the group down with a towel and stick the PF back in there. *** First shot in the morning or if it sits for 3 hours (not likely) I will flush a little water through the group and use it to warm up my cup.

 
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steven_meyer
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 4:42pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

I consider my self fortunate I only dropped a washer. i was afraid I was going to drop the wrench!
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jwoodyu
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Espresso: Allex Duetto II
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Posted Mon Jan 14, 2013, 5:23pm
Subject: Re: Alex Duetto 3.0 on its way to me
 

Rob must be off drinking all the coffee and eating all the doughnuts :0)

 
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