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by Dan Bollinger
Fri May 23, 2014 9:21 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Any way to install the Dream controller on an S1?
Replies: 3
Views: 1819

Re: Any way to install the Dream controller on an S1?

Maybe there is a market. The Vivaldis are commercial machines. Sell yours to a sandwich shop, bar, or other location that could use a small espresso machine.
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Nov 20, 2013 10:55 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: New Precision Shower Screens / Baskets @ CC
Replies: 3
Views: 1851

Re: New Precision Shower Screens / Baskets @ CC

I've received both. I saw a definite improvement with the new screens. Very even water distribution, almost no disturbance on the puck's surface, and no channeling on any of the three dozen shots I've pulled so far. Watching the pour from the bottomless PF, the flow invariably begins at the perimete...
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Oct 13, 2013 5:48 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: Taller feet source?
Replies: 4
Views: 2305

Re: Taller feet source?

I made my own 2" high legs from 1" black delrin turned on a lathe. I drilled a countersunk hole for new metric bolts and cut a shallow groove on the bottom to glue in o-rings for rubber surface to prevent the machine from moving when installing the PF.
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:48 pm
Forum: Vivaldi Video Villa
Topic: Preinfusion
Replies: 6
Views: 14240

Re: Preinfusion

I've noticed that water doesn't begin to flow immediately if the machine has been idle for a while, probably because the water has evaporated. I'm not in the habit of hitting the double-dose button while I'm grinding the first cup of the say so that when I pull that first shot the puck gets preinfus...
by Dan Bollinger
Tue Feb 05, 2013 2:42 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Set Offset without Scace
Replies: 1
Views: 901

Re: Set Offset without Scace

That's a nice bit of thinking. I'm going to save your technique.
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Jan 18, 2013 10:26 am
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: Dream vs GS/3 Throwdown
Replies: 50
Views: 17504

Re: Dream vs GS/3 Throwdown

Chas, I agree that it is too early to tell anything significant from this initial test. I'm going to chalk this up to improving the testing methodology. As I see it, the influencing factors that need to be dealt with are: Amateur tasters Not using blind test Machines not yet adjusted properly to mak...
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Jan 16, 2013 9:15 am
Forum: Dream and Dream T Common Feature Discussions
Topic: Dream vs GS/3 Throwdown
Replies: 50
Views: 17504

Re: Dream vs GS/3 Throwdown

I'm looking forward to this test. It will be interesting to see if double the money buys you better coffee.
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Jan 13, 2013 8:49 am
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: Need A New Group Head Gasket
Replies: 16
Views: 3419

Re: Need A New Group Head Gasket

The first time I need to replace my VII gasket I'm going to mold one from RTV silicone rubber. The one I made for my E-61 machine was still good after 3 years.
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Taller Feet
Replies: 14
Views: 7213

Re:

When the drip-tray drain is routed through a hole in the counter top beneath the machine, as mine is, a proper slope to the drain line can be achieved only by raising the machine. My plumbed in VII didn't drain well and some height would help with getting some slope on the drain line as it runs und...
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:03 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Just minor issues...
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

Re: Just minor issues...

I found an easy fix for the draining issue. I unscrewed the front two feet on the machine about 1/4". This tilts then whole machine a little and gives the drain line a little bit of slope, just enough to encourage draining. It's not overflowed since I did this two weeks ago.
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Dec 16, 2012 12:55 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 3792

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

Endo wrote:The rest of the HB review is a bunch of unsupported blah, blah. If you are pulling 20 shots and hour, the rotary pump will be more reliable. If you are pulling less than 20 shots a day, the vibe pump will be more reliable.
Endo, would you care to support your claims? :lol:

Dan
by Dan Bollinger
Tue Dec 11, 2012 11:41 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40255

Re: Basket Improvements

Chris Coffee has been shipping all their machines with the thinner dispersion disk for about 5 1/2 years. You can see a photo of both side by side at the bottom of this page. I took a look at the webpage mentioned above. It says that reversing the diffusers permits more coffee in the basket because...
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:46 am
Forum: Pride Page
Topic: Lights on
Replies: 54
Views: 30188

Re: Lights on

I am pleased with the results from using the LEDs from SuperBrightLEDs.com I put three of the self-adhesive units under the machine's cowl. I also added a light strip under the counter to illuminate the grinder and tamping area. All are powered by the wall wart. I installed a mini-toggle switch unde...
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Nov 25, 2012 12:07 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Just minor issues...
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

Re: Just minor issues...

Here's my two-month installation follow up. The machine is doing great. I have to remember to turn the machine on after even a 1 second power outage. Luckily, the microwave's clock needs resetting then, too, and it's on the shelf above, making it a good reminder. No issues with the machine. It is pe...
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Nov 25, 2012 10:28 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Breville BES900XL - Competition?
Replies: 15
Views: 8249

Re: Breville BES900XL - Competition?

I looked into the Breville before buying the VII. The main reason I decided against the Breville was its vibe pump. And, if memory serves, it doesn't come in a plumbed-in version.
by Dan Bollinger
Sat Nov 17, 2012 4:48 pm
Forum: Mini General Q&A
Topic: cost of 20 amp dedicated line
Replies: 8
Views: 3566

Re: cost of 20 amp dedicated line

I installed a dedicated 20A, 120V to my espresso counter myself. Cost including breaker, romex, box, and receptacle was under $40. I also installed a 30A, 120V line for my roaster. Both can be converted to 220V if needed using the same wiring, but new breakers and receptacles.
by Dan Bollinger
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:57 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 3792

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

I'm surprised that a 1/4" supply line is adequate.? Sorry, my mistake. My espresso machine has a 3/8" line. The size of line also depends on length of run and its pressure. Mine comes from an RO unit, so its pressure is 28 psi max. If you are using line pressure, say 60-80 psi, then a 1/4" line wil...
by Dan Bollinger
Sat Nov 17, 2012 9:54 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5324

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

I use ceramic felt (they call it paper), rated at 2300°F.

v2owner, you could install a SPST switch on the steam boiler heater lead and leave it turned off. That way the boiler won't come up to heat.
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:01 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5324

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

LaSpaziale doesn't insulate the boilers because the heat serves a purpose (heating the cups). Endo, How do you know that about La Spaz? What's your source? Are you a company rep or did you learn this about the company somewhere? Inquiring minds want to know! The reason I ask is that I've always tho...
by Dan Bollinger
Thu Nov 15, 2012 6:21 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5324

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

Is there any down side to insulating the boilers? why do they not do that at the factory? I don't know of any downside except the espresso warming tray won't be as hot! There are two upsides, first is the obvious energy savings, the second is that the inside of the espresso machine doesn't get as h...
by Dan Bollinger
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:54 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Your ONE favorite change to improve your coffee?
Replies: 12
Views: 4135

Re: Your ONE favorite change to improve your coffee?

HOME ROAST! Nothing else will come close to the improvement you'll get from using the best coffee in the world roasted fresh.

Home Roasters Organization http://www.homeroasters.org/index.htm
by Dan Bollinger
Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:49 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Boiler Insulation Idea
Replies: 20
Views: 5324

Re: Boiler Insulation Idea

My preference for insulation is ceramic felt. I haven't done this on my new VII yet, but plan to when I remove the side panels for painting.

On my old Isomac Millenium, a quarter inch of ceramic felt reduced electrical consumption almost 50%.
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:51 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover
Replies: 14
Views: 3792

Re: 2nd Vivaldi - Plumbed or Pourover

To me, plumbed is the way to go. I installed a plastic 1/4" water line and 1/2" drain line for my E61 machine ten years ago. Now they serve my VII. The convenience having it plumbed for every shot, every day, is worth the hassle of installation.
by Dan Bollinger
Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:50 am
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Program Single Shot for Americanos
Replies: 2
Views: 1468

Re: Program Single Shot for Americanos

My spouse doesn't drink coffee... ;)
by Dan Bollinger
Mon Nov 12, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Tips & Tricks
Topic: Program Single Shot for Americanos
Replies: 2
Views: 1468

Program Single Shot for Americanos

Most of my shots are used for making Americanos. So, I've programmed the single-shot button for the 6 ounces of hot water I add to my double shot of espresso. This is very handy, not only for the sake of consistency, but also because it leaves me free to do other tasks like clean the PF or grind for...
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:59 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40255

Re: Basket Improvements

txrpls wrote:I sent VST a request months ago after I purchased their MoJoToGo app. Never received a reply.
It doesn't matter that you didn't receive a reply. They heard the request, and for every request they get they know that lots more of people are interested in buying one, too.
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Nov 11, 2012 10:22 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40255

Re: VST coming soon???

Chris mentioned today that he just sent off a LaSpaz PF to the guy that designs the VST baskets so he can properly size a basket for the S1s. So stay tuned. That said, it will definitely be an option. Probably won't ever see these shipped at standard equipment with the machine. However, knowing Chr...
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Nov 09, 2012 9:58 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

Re: Increasing Cup Height

Endo wrote:...or just remove the grate.
Sure, but then you end up with cr*p on the bottom of the cup. I think the best solution is to bandsaw completely through the machine and add a height spacer. :lol:
by Dan Bollinger
Tue Nov 06, 2012 10:15 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

Re: Increasing Cup Height

I tried flipping over the grate, but it still sits at the same height. However, if you only need a quarter inch more, there is a fix. The grate has downward facing flanges on the long sides reinforced by two, horizontal rods. If you cut off the bottom set of rods you'll drop the grate 1/4" or so, bu...
by Dan Bollinger
Sun Nov 04, 2012 12:28 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Increasing Cup Height
Replies: 12
Views: 5489

Re: Increasing Cup Height

The (minor) problem with Endo's solution is that there's a valve that needs to purge a little bit of water occasionally into the drip tray. It's in the far right corner. That's the reason the drip tray extends under that valve. I think the simpler solution is to buy shallower cups, or use something ...
by Dan Bollinger
Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:22 pm
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: The question of power and scale
Replies: 5
Views: 2107

Re: The question of power and scale

If you never turn on your machine you save the most money, right? If you turn it on for one week it uses 1/52nd the cost for running it all year. If you turn it on for all but one week it uses 51/52nd the cost. But, according the _______ (expletive deleted) that you talked to, turning it on for all ...
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Oct 26, 2012 9:24 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Seperate preinfuision times for each shot button
Replies: 4
Views: 1818

Re: Seperate preinfuision times for each shot button

peter wrote:So, you pull a double shot, then do you remove the PF and hit the single-cup button to give your 8 ounces?
Yes. It gives me time to do other tasks like cleanup, or grinding for the next shot.
by Dan Bollinger
Mon Oct 08, 2012 11:11 am
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Seperate preinfuision times for each shot button
Replies: 4
Views: 1818

Re: Seperate preinfuision times for each shot button

I second separate preinfusion times, even though it seems like a difficult programming issue. Perhaps an easier fix is to have the option of turning preinfusion on or off for single and double shots. For instance, I have programmed the single-cup to add 8 ounces to make my Americanos. I pull about 2...
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Oct 03, 2012 1:19 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40255

Re: Basket Improvements

I'll answer your question if you answer mine, first. :)
by Dan Bollinger
Sat Sep 29, 2012 1:02 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: How to remove portafilter handle?
Replies: 5
Views: 1537

Re: How to remove portafilter handle?

The handle is off. I used a torch to heat the PF, not the handle. I'm almost done boring the hole in the bottom. :)
by Dan Bollinger
Sat Sep 29, 2012 8:29 am
Forum: Pursuit of the God Shot
Topic: Correlation between Crema and Shot Quality
Replies: 15
Views: 5782

Re: Correlation between Crema and Shot Quality

I think crema is improved with a bottomless PF. Crema is composed of bubbles. Bubbles pop when disturbed by agitation or turbulence. To prove this, just stir a shot with a spoon and watch the crema slowly disappear. A regular PF forces the coffee to flow a convoluted path to the cup, which, I think,...
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:55 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: How to remove portafilter handle?
Replies: 5
Views: 1537

Re: How to remove portafilter handle?

Thanks. I did a search, but didn't find this answer. This suggests that applying heat would be helpful. It softens most threadlockers.
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Sep 28, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: Maintenance and Repair
Topic: How to remove portafilter handle?
Replies: 5
Views: 1537

How to remove portafilter handle?

On my other machines, the handle unscrewed. But on the VII it doesn't budge. I want to make one of the PFs bottomless and it'll be safer if the handle is spinning around in the lathe. How to remove the handle?
by Dan Bollinger
Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:33 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40255

Re: Basket Improvements

by Dan Bollinger
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:52 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Wooden side panels
Replies: 12
Views: 4598

Re: Wooden side panels

Geez those wood side panels are horrid! Looks like #2 pine cut with a sabre saw and dipped in stain. They aren't even hardwood. And where's the sculpting? Not even bull-nose edges.

I got the gray side panels. I intend on airbrushing them...
by Dan Bollinger
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:47 am
Forum: General Q&A
Topic: Today's tip: Don't do this . . .
Replies: 4
Views: 2011

Re: Today's tip: Don't do this . . .

Caramel machiatto anyone?!
by Dan Bollinger
Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:33 am
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: How do I plumb this thing?
Replies: 2
Views: 2085

Re: How do I plumb this thing?

My new VII came with a braided tube ending in a 3/8" John Guest fitting. That's the push-lock fitting for waterline tubing. If your water supply isn't 3/8" tubing, then remove the John Guest fitting. The fitting on the end of my braided line looks like it is 3/8" compression. That's a VERY common co...
by Dan Bollinger
Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:10 pm
Forum: VII Day One Problems
Topic: Just minor issues...
Replies: 4
Views: 2534

Just minor issues...

But I'll post them anyway in the interest of feedback. Hook up was straight forward and the machine came to life and filled the boilers. The group head heated up, but the boiler didn't, not even after the grouphead reached temperature. I waited 20 minutes and the boiler was still cold from its fill ...
by Dan Bollinger
Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:43 pm
Forum: Suggested Improvements
Topic: Basket Improvements
Replies: 114
Views: 40255

Re: Basket Improvements

I think we should lobby for 53mm VST baskets.
by Dan Bollinger
Mon Sep 24, 2012 1:12 pm
Forum: VII General Q&A
Topic: VII and drain tube goes where?
Replies: 3
Views: 2599

Re: VII and drain tube goes where?

I don't have a drain line nearby, so I put in a 1/2" plastic line behind the counter, through the floor, and into the utility room below. The tubing drains into the same drain the water conditioner uses.

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