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Topic: UNIC Diva finally working (14 msgs / 328 lines)
1) From: Brett Mason
Hi all,
Several of you helped with ideas on how to get my Unic DIva working.
It's working and the espresso is fresh and sweet.  I never got here
with my Silvia (may she rest in piece at the next owner's place), but
WOW - what a wonder!
I took it apart, at least lots of pieces off.  I disassembled all the
valves and descaled each one.  I replaced the grouphead basket.  I
descaled the tank - dumping the fluid out the window from the sunroom
- thaqt worked good - but boy is my Diva heavy.  (Not Debbie, she's
pettite, I mean my espresso machine.)  I also replaced the new gasket
I botched by trying to force it rather than use a food grade
lubricant...  I used plenty of teflon tape in all the joints as I put
it back together.  I used more the second time, and my leaks are down
to one.  Temp is spot-on, and brew times are OK - I will adjust in a
while.  Pressure is OK, but the gauge isn't working so we'll see.
I bought two more UNIC Diva's out of Phoenix, one to rebuild and one
for shared parts.  This should work well...  I can replace the leaking
hot-water valve...
I rebuilt my BBQ and Drum Roaster motor.  I added a heat diffuser and
thermometer so I can start to actually manage the roast rather than
roast-guessing.  I rewired the motor where the wire had broken fromthe
BBQ Cover wear-n-tear.  I made a sheet-aluminum cover for the motor
assembly so the cover won't touch any wires or add tension in the
future.
I roasted 3lb of some Guatemala Huehuetenango to a Full City - what a
roast - a huge amount and so even!  Ron Kyle's motor does so well, and
my mediocre drum is doing the trick now that the flames don't scorch
it every roast.  Ron can be reached at rkdrums.com and the best beans
in the world are from Sweet Maria's.  I have a ThorTamper coming my
way - you can get these from Sweet Maria's site too.
Now to wash the car, clean the kitchen, and have another espresso.
I've only had two today - I can't wait.  Oh, and here's the kicker.
My first espresso was Harar lot 30.  Remember I said they just didn't
do it for me?  I was WRONG.  They DO do it for me.  I just need good
roasted good pulled shots....
So, thanks all - your help and ideas were really helpful.
Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

2) From: Eddie Dove
Glad to hear all went well!  
Do you have any picture of what you did with the
grill?
Eddie
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3) From: Jim De Hoog
When's espresso served?
 
Jim "Ice Bucket Roaster" De Hoog
----- Original Message ----
From: Brett Mason 
To: homeroast
Sent: Saturday, August 5, 2006 5:32:29 PM
Subject: +UNIC Diva finally working
Hi all,
Several of you helped with ideas on how to get my Unic DIva working.
It's working and the espresso is fresh and sweet.  I never got here
with my Silvia (may she rest in piece at the next owner's place), but
WOW - what a wonder!
I took it apart, at least lots of pieces off.  I disassembled all the
valves and descaled each one.  I replaced the grouphead basket.  I
descaled the tank - dumping the fluid out the window from the sunroom
- thaqt worked good - but boy is my Diva heavy.  (Not Debbie, she's
pettite, I mean my espresso machine.)  I also replaced the new gasket
I botched by trying to force it rather than use a food grade
lubricant...  I used plenty of teflon tape in all the joints as I put
it back together.  I used more the second time, and my leaks are down
to one.  Temp is spot-on, and brew times are OK - I will adjust in a
while.  Pressure is OK, but the gauge isn't working so we'll see.
I bought two more UNIC Diva's out of Phoenix, one to rebuild and one
for shared parts.  This should work well...  I can replace the leaking
hot-water valve...
I rebuilt my BBQ and Drum Roaster motor.  I added a heat diffuser and
thermometer so I can start to actually manage the roast rather than
roast-guessing.  I rewired the motor where the wire had broken fromthe
BBQ Cover wear-n-tear.  I made a sheet-aluminum cover for the motor
assembly so the cover won't touch any wires or add tension in the
future.
I roasted 3lb of some Guatemala Huehuetenango to a Full City - what a
roast - a huge amount and so even!  Ron Kyle's motor does so well, and
my mediocre drum is doing the trick now that the flames don't scorch
it every roast.  Ron can be reached at rkdrums.com and the best beans
in the world are from Sweet Maria's.  I have a ThorTamper coming my
way - you can get these from Sweet Maria's site too.
Now to wash the car, clean the kitchen, and have another espresso.
I've only had two today - I can't wait.  Oh, and here's the kicker.
My first espresso was Harar lot 30.  Remember I said they just didn't
do it for me?  I was WRONG.  They DO do it for me.  I just need good
roasted good pulled shots....
So, thanks all - your help and ideas were really helpful.
Regards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman

4) From: Brett Mason
Espresso is served whenever you get here!
Cedar Rapids, IA
Cheers,
Brett
On 8/5/06, Jim De Hoog  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

5) From: Brett Mason
I will take pictures.... and post the link!
Brett
On 8/5/06, Eddie Dove  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

6) From: Michael Dhabolt
Brett,
Congrats!  Hell of a lot of work......sounds like it worked out well
and was worth it.
Mike (just plain)

7) From: Brett Mason
You know, I am always reluctant to engage in the big projects, but
they usually work out simpler and are very fulfilling.  The roaster
and Diva sure have worked out nice!  Tools everywhere (Debbie is out
of town until tomorrow!) so pickup begins shortly...
Be Ye Courageous!
Brett
  (was a note to self...)
On 8/5/06, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

8) From: Simpson
The great thing about the Diva is that, once it is up and running, it
really doesn't take much to keep it that way. I hope you are keeping it on
24/7?
Good job, Brett.
Ted
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9) From: Brett Mason
I am... And I have two more coming, so a Diva should be available soon
as well...  It's likely heading to eBay....
B
On 8/5/06, Simpson  wrote:
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Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

10) From: Brett Mason
Here's the link to the BBQ upgrades I put in today ....http://pictures.sprintpcs.com/share.do?invite=mEnr4x5278aFszTkh7NU&shareNameS2&sharePage=slideShowRegards,
Brett Mason
HomeRoast
   Zassman
On 8/5/06, Brett Mason  wrote:
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Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

11) From: Michael Dhabolt
Brett
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I'd take a picture of my dining room table....but it could be used as
evidence, when Loretta gets home. Hhmmmm.... I wonder what the load
rating is on that table.
Mike (just plain)

12) From: Brett Mason
You'll notice the tools arent in the pictures...  Actually Debbie's
glad the Diva is working now - she spent a lump on the 20Amp circuit,
and puts up with all my coffee stuff.   ((Just as long as I brew a pot
before I leave for work that she can wake up to every morning - well
worth it!))
On 8/5/06, Michael Dhabolt  wrote:
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Regards,
Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman

13) From: J.W.Bullfrog
Brett Mason wrote:
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I've heard of very few cases of 'upgrade fever' once you go commercial.

14) From: Brett Mason
Debbie hopes so...  I cannot imagine that bug just dieing though....
Brett
On 8/6/06, J.W.Bullfrog  wrote:
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Brett Mason
 HomeRoast
   Zassman


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