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Date: 16 Sep 2006 15:05:52
From: Davesport
Subject: Sylvia. Correct way of getting hot water to make tea.
I'm having great results so far making espresso with my new Sylvia & Rocky.
What's the correct procedure for getting boiling water for tea making. At
the moment as soon as I hit the h/w switch the pump kicks in & I draw water
off through the steam wand. However this isn't boiling water as it's just
left the heater at the correct/ish temp for espresso.

Am I doing something wrong ? TIA, Dave, East Lothian, Scotland.

PS. Any other Lotus/Caterham 7 owners on this board ?






 
Date: 18 Sep 2006 16:34:45
From: Davesport
Subject: Re: Sylvia. Correct way of getting hot water to make tea.
OK. Point taken about the boiler size. I'm probably expecting too much.
Easier to put the kettle on.

Thanks for the feedback. Dave. Scotland.
"Davesport" <davesport@fastmail.com > wrote in message
news:450c04c3@212.67.96.135...
> I'm having great results so far making espresso with my new Sylvia &
> Rocky. What's the correct procedure for getting boiling water for tea
> making. At the moment as soon as I hit the h/w switch the pump kicks in &
> I draw water off through the steam wand. However this isn't boiling water
> as it's just left the heater at the correct/ish temp for espresso.
>
> Am I doing something wrong ? TIA, Dave, East Lothian, Scotland.
>
> PS. Any other Lotus/Caterham 7 owners on this board ?
>




 
Date: 16 Sep 2006 16:55:39
From: Simpson
Subject: Re: Sylvia. Correct way of getting hot water to make tea.
In article <450c04c3@212.67.96.135 >, davesport@fastmail.com says...
> I'm having great results so far making espresso with my new Sylvia & Rocky.
> What's the correct procedure for getting boiling water for tea making. At
> the moment as soon as I hit the h/w switch the pump kicks in & I draw water
> off through the steam wand. However this isn't boiling water as it's just
> left the heater at the correct/ish temp for espresso.
>
> Am I doing something wrong ? TIA, Dave, East Lothian, Scotland.
>
> PS. Any other Lotus/Caterham 7 owners on this board ?
>
>
>
Use an electric kettle or a kettle on the stove. The Silvia has a small
boiler appropriate for limited home use (ie, shots of espresso and some
steam) and isn't an effective or successful bulk water heater. Just my
opinion, but I'll stick by it. Commercial boilers hold liters of water
but frequently, due to mineral build-up, this is less than ideal for tea
and dispensing hot water mucks up the temperature stability, even in a
large system. Danny with his huge boiler might feel he's an exception,
but his circumstance couldn't be more different from a Silvia's tiny
boiler.

Ted
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Date: 24 Sep 2006 21:09:21
From: Danny
Subject: Re: Sylvia. Correct way of getting hot water to make tea.
Simpson wrote:

> Use an electric kettle or a kettle on the stove. The Silvia has a small
> boiler appropriate for limited home use (ie, shots of espresso and some
> steam) and isn't an effective or successful bulk water heater. Just my
> opinion, but I'll stick by it. Commercial boilers hold liters of water
> but frequently, due to mineral build-up, this is less than ideal for tea
> and dispensing hot water mucks up the temperature stability, even in a
> large system. Danny with his huge boiler might feel he's an exception,
> but his circumstance couldn't be more different from a Silvia's tiny
> boiler.
>
> Ted

At home, the 23 litre boiler doesn't wince when large amounts of water
are removed for culinary purposes and tea making. The 16 litre in the
trailer doesn't like 4 or 5 teas being made at a time (30 floz or so),
since the influx of cold water eventually reduces the grouphead temp a
little, as well as reducing boiler pressure by .3 bar or so until it
recovers. It's a temporary effect, and I can't afford another 3kw for
a dedicated water boiler...


--
Regards, Danny

http://www.gaggia-espresso.com (a purely hobby site)
http://www.malabargold.co.uk (UK/EU ordering for Malabar Gold blend)



 
Date: 16 Sep 2006 10:16:10
From: daveb
Subject: Re: Sylvia. Correct way of getting hot water to make tea.
it's probably at 95 to 98 C! -- not hot enuf?

Add a little heat with 20 seconds of steam switch on then off.

then draw water. see if that works for you.

d


Davesport wrote:
> I'm having great results so far making espresso with my new Sylvia & Rocky.
> What's the correct procedure for getting boiling water for tea making. At
> the moment as soon as I hit the h/w switch the pump kicks in & I draw water
> off through the steam wand. However this isn't boiling water as it's just
> left the heater at the correct/ish temp for espresso.
>
> Am I doing something wrong ? TIA, Dave, East Lothian, Scotland.
>
> PS. Any other Lotus/Caterham 7 owners on this board ?