[Homeroast] Astoria auto-fill problem

kevin creason ckevinj at gmail.com
Sun May 1 11:23:15 CDT 2016

I can't answer a lot of your questions, but I can answer the hard
portafilter extraction question with my method.
I use a wood screw or two. Drive it into the hard material and then pull
It likely will break. A dental pick is good to scrape and pry the remaining
I often wonder how much longer it would take to become diamonds....
On May 1, 2016 10:01 AM, "sci" <scizen at gmail.com> wrote:

> Mike,
> Your hunch was correct! Thanks for the help. I got the auto-fill probe from
> EspressoParts, installed, and all is going well now. Descaled  and
> installed a new vacuum breaker valve. The machine auto fills to a lower
> boiler level now, so I tried pulling the probe up .5 inch. Maybe this probe
> is a touch longer?? I didn't compare to the old when installing.  When I
> manually fill the boiler to the level I desire (kinda high), it reverts
> back to a lower level. How does one make the machine auto fill to the level
> I want?
> One other question if you don't mind...what's the easiest way to change out
> the portafilter gasket in the group head? That thing is hard and buried.
> Regardless, I pulled some nice shots in my new triple basket with a naked
> portafilter. Life is good.
> Ivan
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> Date: Mon, 25 Apr 2016 09:46:42 -0400
> From: Mike Koenig <koenig.mike at gmail.com>
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> Ivan,
> The simplest thing to check is the auto fill probe. If it's corroded it may
> not be sensing the water level properly.
> To troubleshoot take the connector off the probe and touch the boiler.  If
> everything else is working the pump should stop.
> Another problem could be that the water in the boiler is too pure and can't
> conduct enough to sense the water level.
> --mike
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