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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 9:42am
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Thanks Randy, great info on your pages.  

So much to learn.  I am just now firing up a "new to me" Anita.  Watching it heat up as I type.

I know its been said before, but this is a great forum, great people willing to share......
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 10:28am
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there's a guy who posts here a lot...who has written a bunch of thorough machine reviews, photo included...who gets a bit rambunctious in some of his posts where he berates (or so it seems sometimes) people for not taking care of their machine to his specifications...and most pertinent to this discussion, recommends removing the screen to soak in detergent and scrub every three days.  I followed his advice for a couple of weeks...at the same time continuing my backflush with water only after every session routine.  I found that many of the screen removals were unnecessary, as the screen was very, very clean already. However, I do find that it needs more than once a month detergent cleaning, and so, in order to not flush my machine with detergent every couple of weeks, I remove the screen for a soak and scrub.

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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 10:46am
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emradguy Said:

.... However, I do find that it needs more than once a month detergent cleaning, and so, in order to not flush my machine with detergent every couple of weeks, I remove the screen for a soak and scrub..

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The way that started out, I thought you were talking about me..   ;-)

One of the (many) positives of the E-61 group is the ease and ability afforded to remove the screen and gasket. While most machine's screens come out quite easily, gaskets are normally destroyed upon removal, and so are not removed by the user for extended periods of time. It is nice to be able to remove them for inspection and cleaning to avoid the brute-force removal methods necessary to get out old, hardened gaskets. It also makes it easy to scrub out the group occasionally which makes subsequent removal easier.

 
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 11:06am
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I find I need to clean my Silvia screen/group weekly. Waiting a month was too long, every 3 days was too frequent.

I'm pulling the trigger on a Vetrano 2B so I'm very curious about the precision shower screen and its benefits. One thing about that video: I'd need to see that precision screen dripping water repeatedly. When I first bought my VST basket, when I'd run water through it, it did that drip pattern (evenly from all over) with just water from the tap running through it, whereas the old filter basket that came with the Silvia had water run through the middle, just like that video showed.

Now after I'd used the VST basket a few times, now when I run water through it it doesn't do the raindrops thing anymore. Water runs through it in much the same way as the original filter basket. However when I extract a shot, the extraction is still superior from the VST than it is on the original basket. So I guess what I'm saying is that raindrop video was nice, but I'd like someone who has actually converted to it to say if it resulted in shot improvement. :)
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 11:21am
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frcn Said:

The way that started out, I thought you were talking about me..   ;-)

One of the (many) positives of the E-61 group is the ease and ability afforded to remove the screen and gasket. While most machine's screens come out quite easily, gaskets are normally destroyed upon removal, and so are not removed by the user for extended periods of time. It is nice to be able to remove them for inspection and cleaning to avoid the brute-force removal methods necessary to get out old, hardened gaskets. It also makes it easy to scrub out the group occasionally which makes subsequent removal easier.

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Randy...you're like....my guru, man!!!  The guy I was referring to is NOT in the US.  :)

 
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Posted Tue Jul 23, 2013, 12:36pm
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Subscribed.

The way I figure it, if the VST baskets are that much better due to a design pattern, I would think a shower screen could benefit from the same type of treatment.

Curious to see if this is worth the 30.00 beans.
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Posted Wed Jul 24, 2013, 12:35am
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I just ordered a set from Chris coffee for my S1V1 La Spaziale.  Also ordered the mechanical preinfusion, bottomless portafilter with triple basket and some new gaskets.  I figure I haven't spent much money on this 10 year old very FAITHFUL machine, and can't hurt, right.

I know the triple is worth the money, still waiting on the other two, should be here this week.  Will repost on the results.

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Posted Tue Sep 3, 2013, 7:01am
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Hello all,

Longtime reader of the forum - first time I feel like I might have something to offer.

After having my machine for roughly a year (Expobar Brewtus IV-r), I decided it was likely overdue for a gasket/shower screen replacement. I ordered the Precision screen from CCS and installed it last week. I must say I'm not overly impressed with the performance so far. The flow seems to be much stronger around the edges of the screen, leading to the "donut" progression of the shot (i.e. the extraction shows up first around the edges of the portafilter first - something I've never struggled with).

I wouldn't swear I didn't screw something up with the install, but it was so straightforward, I'm not sure that's possible.

Anyhow, if anyone else has had better luck, I'd be interested to hear.

C.R.
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