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ZBoT
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Posted Wed Apr 3, 2013, 7:28pm
Subject: Re: Newbie getting discouraged with my espresso quality...  Please help!!
 

I did a shot with 14g tonight which produced 30g volume.  It ran a little slow but it seemed better!  Tomorrow I will try and grind coarser and see if how that goes.
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Posted Thu Apr 4, 2013, 9:01pm
Subject: Re: Newbie getting discouraged with my espresso quality...  Please help!!
 

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ZBoT
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Location: USA
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Espresso: Gaggia Classic w/ Auber PID
Grinder: Cunil Tranquilo
Posted Fri Apr 5, 2013, 5:20am
Subject: Re: Newbie getting discouraged with my espresso quality...  Please help!!
 

Well after I opened the grinder up a notch it seemed to run a little fast but it tasted pretty good.  Here are the stats on the shot:

14.1g dose
PID set at 202F
2.25oz volume output (w/ crema)
49.3g liquid out
28.6% brew ratio
4 second dwell time
22 second run time

Click here if you want to see a video of this shot.  Disregard the whining kids in the background. :-)

This weekend I plan to try the suggestions from Home-Barista.com that MatP linked to here: Espresso 101: How to Adjust Dose and Grind Setting by Taste

It says to dose at 12g and adjust the grind until you are getting a shot that weighs 20-25g.  Then do the same for 16g.  That seems like a very small shot to me but perhaps I am running too long.  Either way it will be interesting to see the results and I will post them once I have them.
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