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NanPad
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 10:11am
Subject: Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine and distilled water
 

If I use distilled water in my Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine, do I still need to de-scale it periodically?

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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 10:34am
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine and distilled water
 

Probably not, but the espresso won't taste very good either.
The subject is complicated, and I am not equipped to give you a quick clean explanation, but someone will probably elaborate.
To get you started you might want to do a search on "water" and see all of the information (and probably some misinformation too) that has already been entered...
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 11:23am
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I encourage you to do some reading and then, based on your own tests, decide on a balance between taste and the amount of cleaning needed.
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Posted Fri Oct 18, 2013, 4:16pm
Subject: Re: Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine and distilled water
 

You might wish to read below, but I realize that you are not asking if you should use distilled.

http://users.rcn.com/erics/Water%20Quality/Water%20FAQ.pdf

If you use distilled, you should add a bit of baking soda/NaHCO3.  Distilled water can absorb CO2 and become mildly acidic.  Not good for aluminum and in turn probably not good for you.  You should not get scale with or without the bicarb.

And welcome to CG, Nan.

 
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