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Topic: Easier Rancilio surfing after "upgrading" from Bricoletta... (4 msgs / 219 lines)
1) From: miKe mcKoffee
I was bummed yesterday afternoon after returning from a round trip to =
EPNW
in Olympia. While we were able to determine the needing fitting size =
they
didn't have it in stock so Bric' now hard down. Thought I'd have to =
resort
to press or vac for coffee for a few days instead of Café' Crema =
Americanos,
cappuccinos etc.  
So I "upgraded" from my direct plumbed rotary Bricoletta to a Rancilio
Audrey last night. (Cracked T fitting to expansion valve in Bric's brew
circuit but that's another story, on order EPNW) Amazingly using HX
flush-n-go techniques I've pretty much mastered with my hot blooded =
Bric'
rather than traditional Silvia surf and wait techniques work remarkably =
well
with the Audrey. In fact easier than the Bric! (less flushing) 
With empty PF in Audrey flush 'til heater light comes on, wait for =
heater
light to go out then grind for shot, with PF still in flush Audrey again
just 'till heater light comes on , dry PF and build shot, flush empty =
group
listening to flash counting down from end of flash then immediately lock =
and
pull. Damned if it isn't rather consistent, verified with Thermofilter. =
One
key here is keeping heater light engaged at all times. Tested pull, post
shot couple ounce flush, wait 25 sec (simulating PF build, 25sec just
because count-down-timer set for 25sec, can be shorter time and still =
work
fine since flash a good 2 or 3 seconds), flash-n-go series and doesn't =
yield
intershot temp dive. Cool. Of course, intrashot is the usual ~3f drop or =
so
as expected from my previous years with Silvia. 
But still, no long counting from heater on ( or off depending if Up or =
Down
traditional Silvia/Audrey surfing). Simply count from end of flash lock =
and
pull. And virtually no wait other than PF build time required back to =
back
shots. 
All in all Audrey will make a quite respectable back-up/travel unit. =
(Still
can't wait to get Bric' back up and running of course, EPNW should have =
the
1/8" double female single male compression T sometime today. Depending =
on
when UPS delivers to them it'll ship to me today or Monday so I'll have =
it
Monday or Tuesday.) 
Even making Debi a quad shot 16oz white chocolate mocha for the road =
this
morning wasn't that bad. 
Note: fairly certain Audrey has the older 110c tstat versus newer 100c
tstat. Don't know how well technique will work with cooler tstat since =
solid
flash required. Without flush when heater just goes off Audrey would be =
up
~215f start of shot! 
Also, flush sequences prior to fist shot helps stabilize group temp =
helping
eliminate shot series temp creep do to group temp rise. Another cool =
factor.
Friggin' way amazed how simple Audrey is to use with consistent results =
now
with many years experience compared to Silvia just starting my espresso
journey! 
(FWIW got lucky and yesterday when Bric' fitting finally died found an
Audrey/Rocky combo on Craigslist for a very good price, just reduced =
$100
from what he had been asking. Both in pristine condition complete with
knock-box drawer base, extra group gasket and extra Rocky doser spring. =
This
Rocky will likely be up for sale shortly since don't need it.)
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URL to Rosto mods, FrankenFormer, some recipes etc:http://www.mckoffee.com/Ultimately the quest for Koffee Nirvana is a solitary path. To know I =
must
first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal =
enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone =
before.
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2) From: raymanowen
Flash is a real quick flush, I suspect -ro
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3) From: Sandy Andina
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Now I'm confused--isn't Audrey just Silvia's immediate but not-as- 
sturdy precursor? Are you saying that surfing Audrey is different  
from surfing Silvia, or just that you can apply HX surfing techniques  
to both these Rancilios?
On Jun 29, 2007, at 10:35 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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Now I'm confused--isn't Audrey =
just Silvia's immediate but not-as-sturdy precursor? Are you saying that =
surfing Audrey is different from surfing Silvia, or just that you can =
apply HX surfing techniques to both these Rancilios?
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29, 2007, at 10:35 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
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4) From: miKe mcKoffee
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Yes, Audrey is Silvia's older sister with the same internals. I wouldn't
necessary say not as sturdy, rather hard painted steel instead of SS. Temp
management wise the later using over heated water flash at the group as the
key to count and pull same as flash flush-n-pull HX technique. But only
tested with Audrey briefly since last night, both shots and Thermofilter. My
Silvia joined a new home going on two years ago when I got the Bricoletta.
 
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first not know. And in knowing know I know not. Each Personal enlightenment
found exploring the many divergent foot steps of Those who have gone before.
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From: homeroast-admin
[mailto:homeroast-admin] On Behalf Of Sandy Andina
Sent: Friday, June 29, 2007 12:35 PM
Now I'm confused--isn't Audrey just Silvia's immediate but not-as-sturdy
precursor? Are you saying that surfing Audrey is different from surfing
Silvia, or just that you can apply HX surfing techniques to both these
Rancilios?
On Jun 29, 2007, at 10:35 AM, miKe mcKoffee wrote:
Sandy Andina
www.sandyandina.com
www.myspace.com/sandyandina


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