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Topic: How do I drain an espresso machine for shipping? (5 msgs / 105 lines)
1) From: Jerry Procopio
Help folks!  I just struck a deal with someone and am trading my Isomac 
Venus for a Fiorenzato Bricoletta Volante.  I'm looking forward to 
moving up the the HX, rotary pump, and not having to refill the tank as 
well as it's other nice features.  My dilemma right now is I have to 
ship Venus out and have heard people speak of draining the tank before 
shipping.  I don't have a clue how to do that.  Can anyone here advise me?
Thanks in advance,
JavaJerry
RK Drum (and soon HotTop also) roasting in Chesapeake, VA
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2) From: Barry Luterman
What I do on my Brewtus is disconnect the water tube. In my case remove it
from the reservoir, Then open the PF valve,steam wand and hot water dispense
till all run dry. Probably the same for the tea.
On Dec 21, 2007 12:11 PM, Jerry Procopio  wrote:
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3) From: Michael Dhabolt
Jerry,
This time of year it is extremely important to make sure the boiler
and HX loop are both drained prior to shipping.  The chances of the
water freezing and ruining the boiler is a very real possibility.  I
have several boilers in my junk pile with split weld seams and
otherwise terminal problems that were caused by inattention to
draining the boiler prior to shipping (everything from an Astoria to a
couple of La Marzocco machines).  Many machines do not have drains
installed on the boiler and/or HX loop, the only process that I am
confident will protect the machine is to loosen plumbing fittings at
the low point of both of these fluid systems and witness the water
draining.
I am not familiar with the plumbing on either of the machines you
mention.  An exploded parts diagrams for both machines can be checked
for appropriate drain locations .... or a phone call to the
maintenance dept. of whoever sells the machines would be even better.
Mike (just plain)

4) From: Jerry Procopio
Mike & Barry, thanks for the ideas.  Barry's method sounds reasonable - 
even though Venus is not an HX.  I checked the exploded diagram and seen 
no drain.  I have an e-mail in to the folks that did some warranty 
service on it about 18 months ago.  If they don't answer the mail, I 
will call them tomorrow.
Jerry
Michael Dhabolt wrote:
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5) From: Mike Chester
If I were shipping a machine this time of year, after I drained it as well 
as possible, I would pump about a cup of vodka into the boiler and HX loop 
to act as antifreeze.  Just make sure that the person on the receiving end 
flushes the system with fresh water before using.  Steaming with alcohol 
vapor could present a fire hazard.
Mike


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