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Date: 09 Feb 2007 19:30:27
From: Carrie
Subject: Soften...or not
In NYC and the water here reportedly has 2 or less grains of calcium
per gallon. I've read the 4 grains are necessary for good espresso but
others, such as the folks at 1st-line, contend that even soft water
with the slightest slightest of calcium/lime deposits will accumalate
in the machine.

I've been using a brita but now I'm thinking I don't need it.

Any thoughts?

Thanks. - Carrie





 
Date: 11 Feb 2007 09:28:51
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Soften...or not
the Brita will take out the chlorine.

a good thing.

regards
dave
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"Carrie" <capstickc@mindspring.com > wrote in message
news:1171078227.363186.43390@a75g2000cwd.googlegroups.com...
> In NYC and the water here reportedly has 2 or less grains of calcium
> per gallon. I've read the 4 grains are necessary for good espresso but
> others, such as the folks at 1st-line, contend that even soft water
> with the slightest slightest of calcium/lime deposits will accumalate
> in the machine.
>
> I've been using a brita but now I'm thinking I don't need it.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Thanks. - Carrie
>




  
Date: 11 Feb 2007 09:17:57
From: notbob
Subject: Re: Soften...or not
On 2007-02-11, daveb <davebobblane@gmail.com > wrote:
> the Brita will take out the chlorine.

Make sure you cycle 'em properly. They will become toxic if used too
long.

nb


 
Date: 10 Feb 2007 09:48:43
From: Ken Fox
Subject: Re: Soften...or not
"Carrie" <capstickc@mindspring.com > wrote in message
news:1171078227.363186.43390@a75g2000cwd.googlegroups.com...
> In NYC and the water here reportedly has 2 or less grains of calcium
> per gallon. I've read the 4 grains are necessary for good espresso but
> others, such as the folks at 1st-line, contend that even soft water
> with the slightest slightest of calcium/lime deposits will accumalate
> in the machine.
>
> I've been using a brita but now I'm thinking I don't need it.
>
> Any thoughts?
>
> Thanks. - Carrie
>

If I had 2 grains of hardness in my water I'd use it and not worry a whole
lot about scaling. If it was a cheap machine I'd probably not give it
another thought, and if the machine scaled up after 10 years I'd view it as
an "upgrade opportunity." If it was a really nice machine I'd consider
doing a preventative descaling with citric acid or similar product every
other year. Unless you are producing some huge number of drinks with this
machine, it is going to take a very very very long time to scale it up with
2gpg water.

ken