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Topic: Silvia/Rocky - the 1st day (4 msgs / 104 lines)
1) From: Bill
So after spending yesterday frantically finishing up Christmas shopping, I 
finally got the chance today to sit down with the new Rocky and Silvia.  I 
tested the Rocky to find my "true zero" per the howtos from Coffeekid, and 
found it was around 3.  So I reset the Rocky to 10, and loaded up some 
Columbian Supremo beans.  I fired up Miss Silvia, let her heat for half an 
hour or so, and ran some hot water through the portafilter and basket.
Then, the first attempt.  I ground my beans, filled the double basket and 
leveled it, did a light tamp, tried to knock the grounds that piled around 
the edges down (note to self - get new tamper pronto - the only one I have 
is the plastic one that was included).  Then a tamp to what I hoped was 30 
lbs; I practiced a while on the bathroom scale :)  Loaded the portafilter 
handle, and hit the brew switch.  I timed for 25 seconds, and wound up with 
one shot glass getting 3/4 of an ounce or so, the other just dribbles.
So, attempt 2 - everything the same, but Rocky at 11 now.  This time I got 
beautiful looking shots, with a good 1/4" plus of crema, but still a bit 
less than an ounce in each.  The taste was amazing!  I've only had 
Starbucks espresso before (which I gave up when I started homeroasting, 
because now it tastes like liquid ashes).  This was sweet and smooth and 
honey-textured.
Since it was a bit less than I was expecting, attempt 3 put Rocky at 
12.  This time, I got a good ounce and a quarter in each glass, with again 
1/4" plus of crema.  Sumatra beans this time, and even better espresso, I 
think.  So, I'm keeping my variables as they are for now.
Next attempt, I'm going to try the La Marzocca basket - this was all with 
the Silvia double basket.  And I may try out the temperature surfing 
instructions Randy Glass posted.
Thanks to the list for all the various tips I followed!  Now I'm giddy, 
both from success and from, well, lots of espresso.
Bill
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2) From: jim gundlach
Bill,
     Good going.  It probably took me two years to get to where you got 
in one day.  I was simply too damn cheap to follow the advice of the 
Rocky fanatics, as I saw them before I became one.  You might try the 
Sumatra with the settings you had on attempt 2.  Another clue you can 
use is to make sure you stop when the crema turns light.  I now know 
when the crema is going to turn light and stop a good two seconds 
before.
Jim Gundlach
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3) From: Simpson
While you are waiting on the new tamper, you might try a tamp suggested by
Carl Staub of the SCAA described here:http://makeashorterlink.com/?N2ED52BD2Or the 'no-tamp' tamp  where you fill the pf, strike off level and just">http://makeashorterlink.com/?D18D21BD2or the 'scoresby tamp' described here:http://makeashorterlink.com/?N2ED52BD2Or the 'no-tamp' tamp  where you fill the pf, strike off level and just
barely flatten the cake with your tamper. In all cases above stick with the
same tamp awhile and make sure you vary your grind to get the 25 to 30 sec
result you want.
Have fun!
Ted
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4) From: Mike McGinness
From: "Bill" 
 Thanks to the list for all the various tips I followed!  Now I'm
giddy,
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Sounds like you're off to a great start. Pulling decent shorts sooner than I
was. (I was and still am handicapped with a Maestro - 3 days and we'll see!)
I've been using the LM double basket exclusively since getting my Silvia
early this year. Like the larger capacity, seems to make 25sec pulls easier.
MM;-) aka Kona Krazy miKe mcKoffee
Variable Variac Rockin' Rosto Roasting
Miss Silvia brewin'
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