My new GS-3 arrived at the end of last week, but I did not get it hooked up until yesterday. I was installing a hardwood floor in the dining room and I promised my wife that I would finish it first. I got it done early yesterday and spent the afternoon hooking up my GS-3 and getting its initial programming done. There are fewer of these machines in use than I thought as mine has a serial number in the mid 500s. My machine was shipped directly to me by LM-USA rather than being shipped by the dealer that I bought it from, so I know it has all of the latest updates. It arrived by truck in very good condition.
I initially set the brew water temperature to 199.4 degrees and left it on overnight to stabilize. This morning I pulled my very first shot from it. For the ceremony, I chose to use miKe's Delirium Blend as I know it has been rated very highly. He says to pull shots between 199-200, so the 199.4 was a good starting place. I have the pre-infusion off for now until I learn to work well without it, then I may try to see if I can tell the difference. The shot took 21 seconds on the built in shot timer which is slightly short, but close enough for a first try. The shot was very slightly bitter, but smooth and complex. I think that I will be able to do better with this blend, but I would gladly pay for a shot of this quality. I adjusted the grinder slightly tighter and pulled a shot of my D'oh blend. It took 26 seconds, right on target. It was slightly smoother, but less complex than miKe's. I was quite pleased with it. I rested for awhile and then tried a double Cap. I
pulled a double Delirium which took 30 seconds. The weather had changed since the last shot. The steaming power of this machine is much greater than most prosumer machines and it shows. I was able to easily create a very nice foam milk mix that tasted sweet. The machine comes with a stock no burn steam arm which somewhat limits the flow of steam, but I had no problem. Some owners, are switching to a full burn steam arm that has more flow, but the dealer told be to simply raise the steam boiler pressure to 1.8 - 2.0 bar and the no burn would work fine. The factory setting of the steam boiler was in that range, so I did not need to reprogram it and it did work fine.
This thing has a lot of different features and settings, so I will have to do a lot of experimenting, but for just out of the box, all I can say is wow. No God shot today, but well above average without really trying very much.
The sale of my Vetrano fell through, so it is back on the market. I need to sell it quickly, so I will entertain all reasonable offers - off list.
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