Lubos, David, Jeff, Gary, Deward, and everybody! Thanks for the great feedback. As with any kind of experimentation and exploration, it is always most instructive to vary one aspect at a time. A basic understanding of the critical variables and how each affects the overall process will let one react in an intuitive way when we draw that shot. All of you are giving excellent perspectives I can draw from in my own personal quest. Thank you so much! The rewarding experience we get is a truly enjoyable beverage, but as with so many things in life, getting there can be half the fun (or more :-). Certainly this group believes that! Are there any particular characteristics to look for about what a good (or bad) tamp looks like AFTER the draw? Again, thanks to all for all the great comments in this and other threads. DJ homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
DJ Garcia wrote: <Snip> DJ After a pull you should be able to knock the puck out in one piece and it should be just damp an d not soupy. jeff homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
The puck from my Solis 90 usually has water standing on top if I remove the PF immediately after the pull. Is this normal? Of course, if I it remains on the machine the water drips through.
Jack Berry wrote: <Snip> It is my understanding that the SL90 does not have a 3way valve (Can anyone confirm that?) Most (semi) commercial machines and the silvia all have these. This dumps the pressure immediately after the pump is turned off. In these machines the puck should be just damp within seconds after extraction. If the SL90 does not have a 3 way valve then it will definately be wetter and this would be normal. jeff homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast
I find that even if the puck is a bit "wet" when i take it off the brewhead, if I wait a couple of minutes, it will be dry enough to come out in one piece when I knock it...... A- <Snip> homeroast mailing listhttp://lists.sweetmarias.com/mailman/listinfo/homeroast