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Date: 24 Jan 2007 08:18:46
From: Don
Subject: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow
I'm getting frequent, but not constant, problems with the coffee
foaming out of the top of the basket and making a mess. I've got a new
gasket. I clean the gasket area w a brush. I am careful about not
having grounds on the rim of the basket. I tighten the basket onto the
gasket. Yet it still foams over the top... sometimes, not always.
What can I do?

--Don





 
Date: 25 Jan 2007 04:58:40
From: Omniryx@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow
Randy is absolutely right. When i got my first Silvia, a long time
ago, she came with a defective gasket and, as you have noted, leaked
and foamed all over the place. I cleaned, brushed, flushed, adjusted
grind, adjusted dose...nothing.

Finally pulled out the gasket and the flaw was obvious.

As Randy notes, even if you pack the pf full enough to totally stall
the machine, it should not leak. Crank 'er down.

Enjoy Cambridge! (Thinking wistfully of my little pied a terre in
Inman Square...)


On Jan 24, 6:01 pm, Randy G. <f...@DESPAMMOcncnet.com > wrote:
> "Don" <donhdo...@yahoo.com> wrote:
> >I'm getting frequent, but not constant, problems with the coffee
> >foaming out of the top of the basket and making a mess. I've got a new
> >gasket. I clean the gasket area w a brush. I am careful about not
> >having grounds on the rim of the basket. I tighten the basket onto the
> >gasket. Yet it still foams over the top... sometimes, not always.
> >What can I do?
>
> >--DonEven if the grind is so fine that it chokes the machine, nothing
> should 'foam out' the top of the portafilter.
>
> That can be caused by (generally in order of likelihood):
> 1) not tightening the portafilter enough. LWS *1
> 2) too much coffee in the basket which
> does not allow the PF to be sufficiently tightened.
> 3) bad brewhead gasket
> 4) debris of some sort under (or over) the brewhead gasket
> 5) warped basket
> 6) warped portafilter
> 7) damaged or cracked brewhead
>
> *1 LWS (Limp Wrist Syndrome) ;-)
>
> Crank it, baby!
>
> Randy "...that's what she said!" G.
> http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com



 
Date: 25 Jan 2007 04:03:23
From: Don
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow
I suspect I'm using too much coffee. I'm using a double shot basket,
and I probably fill it too full.
Thanks for your informed advice. I'm about to make my second cup for
the morning and will put this to the test.
Then, as I prepare for a sabbatical in Cambridge Mass, I will pack my
Silvia and send her ahead of me. Hmmm, maybe I should bring her in my
luggage and not miss any mornings with her?
Thanks
Don



  
Date: 25 Jan 2007 19:26:40
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow
Make CERTAIN you empty the boiler!

freezing and espresso machines are not compatible.

dave

"Don" <donhdoyle@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:1169726603.388954.218360@v33g2000cwv.googlegroups.com...
>I suspect I'm using too much coffee. I'm using a double shot basket,
> and I probably fill it too full.
> Thanks for your informed advice. I'm about to make my second cup for
> the morning and will put this to the test.
> Then, as I prepare for a sabbatical in Cambridge Mass, I will pack my
> Silvia and send her ahead of me. Hmmm, maybe I should bring her in my
> luggage and not miss any mornings with her?
> Thanks
> Don
>




 
Date: 24 Jan 2007 15:01:36
From: Randy G.
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow
"Don" <donhdoyle@yahoo.com > wrote:

>I'm getting frequent, but not constant, problems with the coffee
>foaming out of the top of the basket and making a mess. I've got a new
>gasket. I clean the gasket area w a brush. I am careful about not
>having grounds on the rim of the basket. I tighten the basket onto the
>gasket. Yet it still foams over the top... sometimes, not always.
>What can I do?
>
>--Don

Even if the grind is so fine that it chokes the machine, nothing
should 'foam out' the top of the portafilter.

That can be caused by (generally in order of likelihood):
1) not tightening the portafilter enough. LWS *1
2) too much coffee in the basket which
does not allow the PF to be sufficiently tightened.
3) bad brewhead gasket
4) debris of some sort under (or over) the brewhead gasket
5) warped basket
6) warped portafilter
7) damaged or cracked brewhead



*1 LWS (Limp Wrist Syndrome) ;-)

Crank it, baby!


Randy "...that's what she said!" G.
http://www.EspressoMyEspresso.com




 
Date: 25 Jan 2007 07:45:11
From: Rusty
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow

"Don" <donhdoyle@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:1169655526.136583.321490@k78g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> I'm getting frequent, but not constant, problems with the coffee
> foaming out of the top of the basket and making a mess. I've got a new
> gasket. I clean the gasket area w a brush. I am careful about not
> having grounds on the rim of the basket. I tighten the basket onto the
> gasket. Yet it still foams over the top... sometimes, not always.
> What can I do?
>
> --Don
>
Hi Don,

How much coffee and which basket are you using?
How long does the pour take?
How hard are you tamping and how fine are you grinding?

Cheers,
Rusty




 
Date: 24 Jan 2007 11:32:12
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow
coarser or MORE likely:

use less coffee!!

regards


"Don" <donhdoyle@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:1169655526.136583.321490@k78g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> I'm getting frequent, but not constant, problems with the coffee
> foaming out of the top of the basket and making a mess. I've got a new
> gasket. I clean the gasket area w a brush. I am careful about not
> having grounds on the rim of the basket. I tighten the basket onto the
> gasket. Yet it still foams over the top... sometimes, not always.
> What can I do?
>
> --Don
>




 
Date: 24 Jan 2007 11:20:46
From: Craig Andrews
Subject: Re: Rancilio Silvia problems w backet and overflow

"Don" <donhdoyle@yahoo.com > wrote in message
news:1169655526.136583.321490@k78g2000cwa.googlegroups.com...
> I'm getting frequent, but not constant, problems with the coffee
> foaming out of the top of the basket and making a mess. I've got a
> new
> gasket. I clean the gasket area w a brush. I am careful about not
> having grounds on the rim of the basket. I tighten the basket onto
> the
> gasket. Yet it still foams over the top... sometimes, not always.
> What can I do?
>
> --Don
>

Sounds like your choking the machine, grind a little coarser.
Craig.