just thought of and finished adding a 600w rotary dimmer (the same many use to control fan speed in split-wired air poppers, and miKe used in his FrankenFormer) to the Carezza in place of its brew switch. seems like an easier solution than other pre-infusion mods i've seen. too late to pull a test shot (working early tomorrow), but at 50% only a slow trickle is coming from the group screen. i'll post results once i've done a taste test. if this works, i'll use a vertical slide dimmer (easier to mark ideal preinfusion point, i just happened to have a rotary dimmer lying around) or pushbutton off-low-mid-high dimmer instead of brew switch on my cheap double boiler project (existing Gaggia guts plus this: snipr.com/cheapdoubleboiler in one case).
good results so far. a great double ristretto this morning, w/ very few grounds on the group screen (despite lack of a 3-way valve). and excellent double normalle right now. both with 8-second preinfusion, 22-second pull (as per Thor's pics/notes on Sumatra Blue Batak a while back) stereoplegic wrote: <Snip>
It's EBay item #180114351974 On 7/8/07, Robert Yoder wrote: <Snip> ows <Snip> homeroast mailing list <Snip> -- "We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities." --Walt Kelly
Robert: as Michael pointed out, it's a SnipURL link (kinda like TinyURL but the shortened link address is customizable) to an electric version of a stovetop "espresso" maker (kinda like a moka pot but it has a spout for the "espresso" to brew straight into your cup, and an adjustable steam wand (which is why i bought it, in addition to the huge size of its boiler). also google "Benjamin & Medwin" or "Bellman" and "espresso maker") that i won on ebay. in your quoted text of his reply, it shows up as a link. wascher wrote: <Snip>