MyPaddleSetup

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MyPaddleSetup

Postby wogaut » Wed Nov 11, 2009 8:56 pm

I guess it's about time I post a few pics of my GS/3 MP.

It started with a crate arriving by UPS-Freight:
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After unpacking the machine from the 110lbs crate:
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Here's the key-pad with functional keys, not dose buttons:
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And the software version at boot:
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The initial setup with original cooltouch steam wand:
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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby wogaut » Wed Nov 11, 2009 9:00 pm

The inside with original cooltouch steam wand (plastic tubing on right):
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The inside with new "burn-me" steam wand (copper instead plastic on right, valve turned upward):
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The manual paddle group with top off (microswitch for pump, inlet and exhaust valve are fully mechanical):
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The current setup with the "burn-me" steam-wand:
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Also see the Paddle group thread on CG:
http://www.coffeegeek.com/forums/espresso/machines/451063?LastView=1257985819&Page=8

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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby chasr » Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:51 pm

Congrats, that's a sweet looking machine.

On the other hand, that's one pissed off looking cat. How long did you play with your new GS/3 w/o feeding it? :lol:
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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby wogaut » Thu Nov 12, 2009 11:33 am

Thanks Chas!

You're right about the cat. The shipment came in right before feeding time, so she got ignored for a while (plus she's on a diet, vet said she's getting fat).

On the other hand she's probably also pissed because she already lost attention a few weeks before when our first child was born. And then again with a machine... Must be frustrating for her.

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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby rlb2444 » Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:40 pm

Congratulations.....mine is on the way. Now I will know what to expect. The keypad looks different?

Did you replace the steam wand yourself?

Looking forward to your review and comments.

Thanks,
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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby wogaut » Thu Nov 12, 2009 7:09 pm

rlb2444 wrote:Congratulations.....mine is on the way. Now I will know what to expect. The keypad looks different?

Did you replace the steam wand yourself?

Looking forward to your review and comments.

Thanks,
Bob


Al you see above, they keypad doesn't have the single and double cup buttons, just functional labels, different from the automatic model.

Yes, replaced it myself, if you order the wand from ChrisCoffee, he will add a great installation guide with pics.

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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby rlb2444 » Fri Nov 13, 2009 5:46 am

Thanks for the note Wolfgang.

Curious if you tried the no-burn wand before you installed the burn wand? I asked Chris if he recommended the regular wand and he suggested that I stick with the no burn. I am not very handy mechanically but glad to hear the instructions for switching it out are good.

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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby wogaut » Fri Nov 13, 2009 11:02 am

rlb2444 wrote:Curious if you tried the no-burn wand before you installed the burn wand?


I tried the cooltouch wand for a while. Mostly I found the steam is more wet, and you have to purge more. I suspect that this is related to the need to have the valve rotated down with the cooltouch wand, which collects more water at the lowest point of the teflon tube. Also, the inside of the tube seems thinner, one would need more pressure to force the same amount of steam flow through the tube as with the regular wand.

As far as producing microfoam, some people seem to mind the difference, some don't. I was used to dry steam with my Vivaldi, and wanted to have that back.

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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby rlb2444 » Sat Nov 14, 2009 7:41 am

Thanks for the insight.

I look forward to future posts on your use of the GS/3P

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Re: MyPaddleSetup

Postby rlb2444 » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:29 pm

Wolfgang,

I have my GS3/P set up and running. Thanks to Chris in the service department at Chris Coffee he helped me through a few programming questions.

I don't have anything to compare it to except my Alex Duetto but the shots seem to be coming out very slow in comparison. I have changed the grind and the tamping and I am in the 25 to 30 second range but the stream is very slim and seems to turn blond real quick. I can't figure out if the coffee has gone stale or it's the way I have dosed it. Very puzzling. I took the screen off and cleaned it and got a very small bit of coloration in the water while cleaning it but don't see that should have affected the pour.

Puzzling.

Any ideas?

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