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IB
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Espresso: Kim Lever, Bezzera BZ07
Grinder: Vario
Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 12:46pm
Subject: leaking at gasket
 

Yeah the times I have had leaking, it was normally resolved by cleaning the gasket, or just making sure the PF was cranked on tight enough.
A new user might be up-dosing such that it becomes hard to crank it on tight enough.

For cleaning, I got one of these -
Click Here (www.chriscoffee.com)
does a nice job.
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Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 1:25pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

Dyqik, I see your point now. I don't know what I was imagining.

Where did you buy the bottomless?

Thanks
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Location: Winnipeg
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ02
Grinder: Bezzera BB004
Posted Mon May 13, 2013, 7:42pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

dyqik Said:

The slots in the PF cannot be causing this problem - they should not be seeing any pressure, as the pressure is all held by the basket and puck, while the outside of the basket is not under pressure.

I do also have problems stopping small leaks around the group gasket on my BZ07, particularly with the stock double basket (in either the stock or my naked PF).  You need a lot more force than you would think to tighten the PF into the group, and I think there might be a small issue with the basket interfering with the shower screen.  You also need to keep the group gasket as clean as possible, and replace it regularly.  I think this is less of an issue with my triple basket that came with the naked PF.

Posted May 13, 2013 link

I had a similar issue on my BZ02, which I'm pretty sure resulted from a backup at the spouts, forcing the flow back up through the grooves. While I backflushed and occasionally soaked the portafilter in detergent, the spouts were constricted by a buildup that wasn't apparent until I stuck a nut pick down its throat and came up with an astonishing wad of gunk. A thorough reaming resolved the problem The theory that there would be no pressure outside the basket would only be correct if there is no downstream stoppage. Needless to say, I'm alot more careful now about my cleaning routines.
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07 PM
Grinder: Baratza Virtuoso Preciso...
Vac Pot: Cona D
Drip: Bona-Vita, CCD, Aeropress.
Roaster: Gene Cafe, Modded Poppers
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:04am
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

sp Said:

I had a similar issue on my BZ02, which I'm pretty sure resulted from a backup at the spouts, forcing the flow back up through the grooves. While I backflushed and occasionally soaked the portafilter in detergent, the spouts were constricted by a buildup that wasn't apparent until I stuck a nut pick down its throat and came up with an astonishing wad of gunk. A thorough reaming resolved the problem The theory that there would be no pressure outside the basket would only be correct if there is no downstream stoppage. Needless to say, I'm alot more careful now about my cleaning routines.

Posted May 13, 2013 link

Sure, it's possible to get a leak that way, but it should be pretty obvious on removing the basket - is there light coming in through the spouts! That's not really anything wrong with the machine ;)
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Espresso: Bezzera BZ07 PM
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Drip: Bona-Vita, CCD, Aeropress.
Roaster: Gene Cafe, Modded Poppers
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 7:05am
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

smico Said:

Dyqik, I see your point now. I don't know what I was imagining.

Where did you buy the bottomless?

Thanks

Posted May 13, 2013 link

1stline I think - they carry the spares for the Bezzera machines they sell.  I bought a couple of grouphead gaskets at the same time.
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Vac Pot: Bodum Electric
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 10:19am
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

dyqik Said:

1stline I think - they carry the spares for the Bezzera machines they sell.  I bought a couple of grouphead gaskets at the same time.

Posted May 14, 2013 link

Since the launch of our new site in Dec of 2012, it can get quite confusing to find parts, especially since we caryr so many for many different brands. To search for specific Bezzera parts, one can search on this page and the search results should only return what is described.

 
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smico
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Espresso: Brewtus IIIR, Olympia...
Grinder: Vario, Pharos
Vac Pot: Yama
Drip: Brazen
Roaster: Hottop B2 + HTC
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 3:57pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

Thank you all for your help.  The problem started from the day 1.  Will have them work on the space and bottomless.

It is just so strange, compared to my Brewtus, that portafilter needs to be tighten so much.  It is beyond me why they wouldn't make softer gasket.  Otherwise, beautiful machine.

Thanks all again,

Miroslav
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Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 5:05pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

Bezzera's are nice looking machines, parts are on the expensive side.
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Roaster: Hottop B2 + HTC
Posted Tue May 14, 2013, 6:12pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

I agree.   It looks so much nicer than my Brewtus IIIR, which is designed in a way that only mama can love it.  Although I wouldn't trade it for Bezzera.
Thanks all.
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Posted Wed May 15, 2013, 5:20pm
Subject: Re: Bezzera owners thread
 

Click Here (www.espressoparts.com)

Try this gasket. I found it to be better than stock even with bottomless.

Also, replace gaskets even on a brand new machine.  I had all kinds of leakage problems until I realized that machine had been sitting at distributor for a long time before delivery. New soft gasket made a ton of difference.

I've tried many different ones. This is the best I've found and the price is right with free shipping from EP.  Its not conical so don't worry about that.

Good luck
Mike
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