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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 3:45pm
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a couple times I've encountered difficulty in getting good foam on a number of attempts--and the only factor that has changed is that I'm using a new jug of milk. Same technique, same chilled stainless pitcher, same amount of milk, same steam. Has anyone else had this problem?
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 4:39pm
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If you list your equipment in your profile we could be more help but milk is not a constant. Different time of year, different brand, fat content all affects how the milk acts.

 
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 8:57pm
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Gaggia Classic, original short metal wand with the frothing aid removed. Milk is 2 percent, but same brand as before, only bought a few days apart. Everything else is unchanged--same stainless steel pitcher, chilled in freezer, same technique, same amount of steam, same time, same temp. I can imagine that 2 different gallons of milk could be a little different, but I'm just curious if anyone else has had this same phenomenon with difference in froth results.
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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2013, 9:40pm
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Yeah, we've all had that happen, if the two gallons were from different lots, that could explain it...Because of the reasons Wayne pointed out. in fact, the major dairies use mixing techniques in attempt to give you the same product every time, if they cared about frothing too, they'd prolly adjust for that as well and we wouldn't ever have this discussion. the standard recommendation is usually try a different brand. if you have some Artisan cafes near you, you might want to ask what milk they use. I found out that all the cafes in Houston use the same local dairy, and the Whole Foods near me just started carrying it.

And you know you poured the same volume each time?

 
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Posted Sat Mar 23, 2013, 8:43am
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I poured the same volume by eyeballing it, not measuring it carefully with a measuring cup. But I could go for weeks frothing milk by the same eyeballed amount, all the other variables the same, no problem, and then all of a sudden I get a few drinks where it's just too darn hard to get the milk to do what I want. So I check the different possible factors and the only thing I can come up with is that it's a new jug of milk. Store brand 2%. I've used 1% at times too, and I've had the same thing happen. But I'm not talking about the difference between 1% and 2%, I'm talking about differences with the (seemingly) exact same kind...
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Posted Sat Mar 23, 2013, 12:51pm
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Your eyeball method should be fine. I'd seriously consider trying another brand of milk. And like I said, see what the cafes are using in your area.

 
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