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 alt.coffee: can I de-scale my machine????
Author: La_Maudite (---.qc.sympatico.ca)
Date:   05-27-02 16:21
THREAD: http://groups.google.com/groups?hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF8&oe=UTF8&th=fc21812e167df7ad&rnum=1


Mike Tickle (mike@netvalue.f9.co.uk) wrote:
> Gaggia paros. Complete with 3-way valve.


Coffee for Connoisseurs (alanfrew@coffeeco.com.au) wrote:
> Aluminium boiler. If you MUST descale, use the Saeco descaler for superauto
> machines. Otherwise leave it alone and hope it doesn't block up. The heating
> elements are external so scale doesn't affect them.


JR (realdoctor@my-deja.com) wrote:
> I agree. Any acid solution will simply increase the rate of corrosion
> in that aluminum boiler. If you have a really bad scale problem in a
> home Gaggia, bite the bullet and take the boiler apart. You may be
> able to clean it out manually. If damange is too severe, buy a new
> boiler head from Electracraft. Last I knew, the boiler head for your
> machine sold for about $35. The bottom half of the boiler is copper
> sheathed and will clean up without much problem.
>
> If you end up replacing the boiler head, I would advise running the
> machine with distilled water after you put it together (and never
> descale it). I know lots of people on a-c hate distilled water, but
> it will reduce your corrosion problem.


Simpson (tnjsimpson1@com.doggie.cast.net) wrote:
> sounds like you are doing all the right stuff, Mike. Just make sure
> you rinse the system well by bf-ing with lots of water. Don't
> overstress your pump, but rinse a lot.

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