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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 1:44pm
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I would strongly encourage you to pick up a scale, one that weighs in .1 gr increments. A half gram more or less will make a significant change in the shot time, so you'll be chasing your tail dialing in your grinder without one. There are a number of scales on Amazon for less than $20. Do a search here and you'll find a few different ones recommended.
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 2:34pm
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The surprise gushers are likely channeling issues, those will subside with practice on your distribution and tamp technique. Sounds like you're off to a good start at any rate:)
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Posted Fri Jun 28, 2013, 7:10pm
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About the gushers...that's usually a grinder issue, probably not the fault of the Silvano. What do you use for a grinder and is it capable of grinding fine enough for espresso? I would start with grinding finer until the espresso flow really slows down. You want a very slow flow, it's amazing how much the flavour will improve. And yes weighing your shots will definitely help consistency but first start with just setting your grinder finer. I'm sure you'll get there with a nice machine like that.
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Posted Sat Jun 29, 2013, 11:01am
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You mentioned adjusting the pressure. Are you talking about the brew pressure? I know it's easily adjustable on the Silvano, but not something you should really mess with much. Most machines don't bother making it so easy to adjust. I would set it at aprox. 9.5 with the backflush disk in and leave it, that is generally considered a good pressure and would take one variable out of the equation for you. You're looking to get consistent in all the variables- dose, grind, distribution and tamp, and then make adjustments from there.
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