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Abouna
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Posted Sun Mar 17, 2013, 12:40pm
Subject: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

I realize this has been covered in a few  threads, but there seem to be various methods.

I won't be using my machine for about a month so I think now would be a good time to descale.  I pulled the mushroom the other day to replace the valve and was shocked by the barnacles plastered all over it.  I guess after 6 years it's time!  I do run a softener so maybe it's not horrid, but I'm sure it's high time.

Since I have a lot of time, what would be the best method and is there a good tutorial anywhere?

 
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Posted Sun Mar 17, 2013, 2:54pm
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

Funny you should ask - I just descaled my Vetrano yesterday ;-).  I just emailed you the procedure from Chris' Coffee - let me know if you did t receive it.
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Posted Sun Mar 17, 2013, 6:08pm
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

mariog7 Said:

Funny you should ask - I just descaled my Vetrano yesterday ;-).  I just emailed you the procedure from Chris' Coffee - let me know if you did t receive it.

Posted March 17, 2013 link

Mario,

Got it thanks!  I'll give it a shot.

 
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Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 5:40am
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

Mario or anyone please,

I've been advised that I shouldn't descale my Vetrano via bucket and citric acid thereby running the solution through the whole system. Better that I simply open up the top of the boiler and siphon out whats in there and put solution directly in.

Can someone please direct me to instructions for this? I have no idea how to get into the boiler (there are several ports on top) and no idea really how to do the whole process.

Thanks!

 
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Posted Sat Apr 6, 2013, 12:06pm
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

When I descaled mine, I emptied the boiler and put the citrus liquid directly into the boiler.  Just like Kat and Gail showed on the Seattle Coffee Gear videos.  Check it out.
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Posted Sat Apr 6, 2013, 1:20pm
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

Are you saying its been six years since you descaled it? If so isnt that way to long?

Abouna Said:

I realize this has been covered in a few  threads, but there seem to be various methods.

I won't be using my machine for about a month so I think now would be a good time to descale.  I pulled the mushroom the other day to replace the valve and was shocked by the barnacles plastered all over it.  I guess after 6 years it's time!  I do run a softener so maybe it's not horrid, but I'm sure it's high time.

Since I have a lot of time, what would be the best method and is there a good tutorial anywhere?

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Abouna
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Posted Sat Apr 6, 2013, 1:29pm
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

mariog7 Said:

When I descaled mine, I emptied the boiler and put the citrus liquid directly into the boiler.  Just like Kat and Gail showed on the Seattle Coffee Gear videos.  Check it out.

Posted April 6, 2013 link

Thanks Mario, I'll give it a look.

 
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Posted Sat Apr 6, 2013, 1:30pm
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

Iluvdabean Said:

Are you saying its been six years since you descaled it? If so isnt that way to long?

Posted April 6, 2013 link

Yes and yes!

I was under the impression that our fairly soft water combined with the water softener I'm running, would prevent scale.  Pulling the mushroom however negated this impression!

 
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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 9:56am
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

mariog7 Said:

When I descaled mine, I emptied the boiler and put the citrus liquid directly into the boiler.  Just like Kat and Gail showed on the Seattle Coffee Gear videos.  Check it out.

Posted April 6, 2013 link

Hi Mario,
Searched Seattle CG website videos, and youtube for this particular video, and could not find it. Just purchased a Vetrano so no need to descale right now, but I want to know what to do when descaling becomes necessary.
Where can I find this video.
Thanks, John
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Posted Sat Jun 8, 2013, 10:37am
Subject: Re: Best method for descaling Vetrano rotary?
 

Abouna Said:

what would be the best method and is there a good tutorial anywhere?

Posted March 17, 2013 link

See this post at H-B.

After emptying the boiler I recommend disconnecting the heating element during the refill. I have burned out heating elements because the boiler didn't fill quickly enough.

 
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