[Homeroast] Extreme Measures

Sandy Andina sandraandina at icloud.com
Fri Jul 29 11:16:03 CDT 2016


You can find it in the spices aisle as "sour salt." Penzey's also sells it online in bulk.


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> On Jul 28, 2016, at 10:22 PM, Mike Koenig <koenig.mike at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> If you are looking for some cheap stuff to use for descaling, I use food grade citric acid. You can find this sometimes in specialty food stores or beer/wine brewing shops.   I use it at a concentration between 10-20 grams/liter. 
> 
> --mike
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>> On Jul 28, 2016, at 4:15 PM, Larry Dorman <ldorman at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 
>> Oh wow... I never imagined it would take that much.  I just have some small
>> packets laying around.  :)
>> 
>> I went ahead and ordered a new machine (La Spaziale S1 Dream) as I believe
>> my machine has a bad Gicar and I don't want to spend the $170 on one to
>> find out that isn't it or that it's not enough.  I know it has scale
>> because it was on hard water for a while.
>> 
>> The machine lived most of its life in Columbia, MO, but it's here with me
>> Garland, TX now.  My next trick is to see if anyone would give me anything
>> for it in its current condition.  Alternately, if someone had a known good
>> Gicar laying around that they'd part with cheaply (or even on contingency),
>> then I'd consider that.
>> 
>> I'd love to revive this machine and either get some actual money for it or
>> keep it as a backup/portable machine.  I just don't want to sink a lot more
>> money in it.
>> 
>> Thank you for your response, Ira.
>> 
>>> On Thu, Jul 28, 2016 at 11:41 AM, Ira <ira at extrasensory.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> I would certainly try Dezcal or Calcinet. I use Calcinet because
>>> it comes in 1kg cans and my local espresso repair supply carries
>> it. Also, it's astonishing how much descaling solution it can
>>> take. I descaled a commercial 2 group machine and it took a week
>>> or more and almost 2kg of Calcinet to get rid of the scale.
>> 
>> ...
>> 
>>> 
>>> Where is the machine located?
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