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Topic: no steam! (13 msgs / 265 lines)
1) From: ginny
Zara:
You may have a colg in the tip.
Take offf the tip and run the hot water through the arm and soak the tip in whatever is handy to clean it out.
Milk can and does clog up tiny litlle holes like that even with the pressure of the machine. I would run water through the tip after each use and always soak it a bit after several.
ginny

2) From: ginny
ok peter, who said I could spell and you are correct a " " in the tip would be difficult for you.
ginny

3) From: Zara Haimo
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I finally started getting the hang of microfoam this week and enjoyed =
some very smooth lattes as a change of pace from my usual straight =
espresso - it was so good that my kids even started asking me for =
steamed milk with a trace of coffee. This morning I turned on my Giotto, =
came back a few minutes later to bleed the steam wand (per the users =
manual) before pulling a shot, and nothing happened - no hiss, no steam. =
The hot water wand works, the pressure gauge is normal (1 to 1.5 bar), I =
can pull good shots, just no steam.  I called the dealer, but the =
service tech didn't get back to me before the end of his work day, so I =
won't hear from him until Monday.  Does anyone on this list have =
experience with this kind of problem?

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This sounds too easy, but try removing the steam tip, and 'clearing'
the obstruction. Sometimes the residue gums up the spout....
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"Not all things that are countable, count, and not all things that count,
are countable". Albert Einstien

5) From: Brett Mason
I was going to guess vapor lock - as in, turn it off and let it cool
down for an hour; refill the water, turn it on and bleed the air from
the system prior to letting it heat up...
Hope you find your resolution...
Brett
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Brett Mason
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6) From: Barry Luterman
It's probably a clogged tip. A good habit is to ,purge the system,blow some 
steam through the wand immediately after steaming milk.

7) From: Zara Haimo
I thought it might be vapor lock too, but it didn't clear when I turned the
machine off and let it cool down and then started it up again.  How do I
bleed the air from the system if that is the problem?
I'll also check the tip for clogs - I do purge the wand after I steam each
time.

8) From: Michael Dhabolt
If it's not clogged up wand or tip it almost has to be the valve. 
These valves aren't usually too difficult to rebuild, and many of them
can be put back into operation using parts from the local hardware
store.  Then order the OEM parts and replace the temporary fix later. 
It is frequently a hard rubber valve disk that is loose and pieces
plug the port going to the steam wand, or something similar.  If you
can post a fairly close up picture of the valve (machines body work
removed obviously), I'm sure someone on the list can help you through
the fix.
Mike (just plain)
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9) From: miKe mcKoffee
Here's a bizarre thought. Knowing where your Giotto & HotTop came from and 
since you're experiencing problems with both, and knowing both were checked 
out by Les before being sent to you, maybe Alfred misses his coffee toys and 
is hanging around playing tricks on you. Maybe, just maybe the fix is Who ya 
gonna call, Ghost Busters!
Kona Konnaisseur miKe mcKoffee
Who'll have that theme song playing in his head the rest of the day...
URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc.http://mdmint.home.comcast.net/coffee/Rosto_mod.htmFrom: "Zara Haimo" 
Sent: Friday, May 13, 2005 2:43 PM
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10) From: Zara Haimo
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That is too funny!  I've actually been trying to get to the point where I
can make a good cappuccino as Alfred did - I'm not quite good enough with
the steam wand to get the milk right yet.  I must have been practicing too
hard, because the wand was plugged with milk inside although it wasn't
obvious and I thought I had been keeping it very clean.  Once I cleared the
obstruction, steam started pouring out like crazy again.  The Giotto is a
fabulous machine- great crema, non-stop steam (except when I plug the tip),
very stable temperatures.  I'm just not quite worthy of it yet.

11) From: petzul
having a colg in the tip would like be really really bothersome!
PeterZ
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12) From: Brett Mason
To bleed the system of air, just turn it on, engage the steam valve
early, and empty 2-3 oz. into a cup; close valve.  Do the same at the
brew head.  At this point there should be no air in your system, and
thus no vapor lock.  Let it warm up, and start the espresso dance!
Regards,
Brett
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13) From: Angelo
Adding to Ginny's excellent advice, I would say to use a pipe cleaner once 
in awhile. I do for my Silvia and it's clean as a whistle...
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