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Topic: Cold pull with Silvia (6 msgs / 129 lines)
1) From: Wendy Sarrett
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It seemed tonight when I did a pull it was cooler than it should be.  I
heated the boiler until the light went off (as it says) and then hit the
brew button (but I didn't do any priming)  Does one always have to
prime?    Also, I noticed a little water dripping from the round area
between the two spouts.  Is this a problem?  The pull was a little slow
so I tihnk I have to go back to 7 on my Rocky.
Any tips would be appreciated.

2) From: Andrew J. Lynn
Wendy Sarrett wrote:
Did you give it any warm up time?  I don't know much about Silvias, but 
with my Saeco getting the boiler warm isn't enough - it takes maybe a 
half hour to get the head and everything else to warm up.  But you can 
cheat by pulling hot water through and letting that heat things - put 
the portafilter on without any coffee in it, hit the brew switch and run 
a few ounces.
Andy Lynn
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3) From: Angelo
You're gonna have to let her warm up a lot more than that - about a half 
hour, at least. You could cheat by turning on the steam switch for a minute 
or so, but be careful. You don't want the water too hot.
At this web site you'll find all you need to know about Miss 
Silvia...There's tons of info there, maybe more than you want to know right 
now, but Randy is spot on most of the stuff about Silviahttp://www.quiknet.com/~frcn/Coffee/Coffee.htmlAlso, there's much written about her at Mark's site
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4) From: Ed Needham
I think the water dripping 'may' be from around the grouphead gasket.  A
little more forceful crank on the portafilter handle to cinch it into the
group might do the trick.  It's a new machine, so the gasket is most likely
OK.  You may have had a few coffee grounds that hindered a good seal.  That
makes for a poor shot too, since pressure is reduced.  Try it with a clean
gasket and no grounds on the rim of the portafilter.  I guess it's possible
that the gasket could be defective, but not likely.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

5) From: Wendy Sarrett
Thanks for the responses.  Giving her 1/2 hour to walm up did the trick.
I'm still working on the grind/tamp combination to get the best results.
Also, tighting the portafilter so it lines up with the red dot seems to
prevent leaking.
I also spoke with WLL about cleaning the excess grounds grounds from
Rocky.  She suggested vacuming out the excess grinds perhaps once a week
adding that left over grounds are part of the nature of the beast.  I'm
thinking of buying a small hand vac for that purpose.  
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6) From: Ed Needham
I received a 'Shark' cordless which is now below the counter next to my
Procon pump and water softener canister.  Very loud, but works really well
for small kitchen messes.  I think I'm really going to like having it around.
Ed Needhamhttp://www.homeroaster.comed

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