4-Sep-2011 (Sun)
Wherein the espresso machine has returned.

Our espresso machine is back, and it works! We had been using a loaner for the last month while ours was being repaired. So that first guy who told us that it was a paperweight was wrong. The new guys had to cut the end off of one of the pressure vessels and replace the end. Their theory for how it cracked in the first place is that that this machine was left outside, full of water, in below-freezing weather. So, don't do that.

That third picture up there is of a new dingus we're experimenting with. Someone sells these extensions that attach to the beer pour spouts that let the cup fill from the bottom instead of the top, resulting in less foam. They seem to work pretty well. Normally, a tap's first pour of the day requires dumping out several pints' worth of foam; these seem to bring that down to half a pint or so. It's not a huge savings, but it will add up.

6 Responses:

  1. tjic says:

    > Their theory for how it cracked in the first place is that that this machine was left outside, full of water, in below-freezing weather. So, don't do that.

    Turns out that leaving a pressure washer with a pump chamber full of water outside over the winter in New England is a bad idea.

    ...for similar reasons.

    Go on, ask me how I know.

    ...and then, after that, ask me all about splined shafts and bolt hole patterns. Because I learned a fair bit about those topics as well.

  2. Mark Lyon says:

    It's like the "bottoms up" beer thing without the need for special cups. Very cool! http://www.bottomsupbeer.com/ I imagine if someone moves too quickly, though, and shatters a glass by pulling it toward themselves too soon, they will curse at the person who installed the extensions.

    • Steen says:

      Actually the Correct Way to do the pour is to follow the waterline (beerline?) up as you go, so if you're doing it right it's actually kind of hard to screw up in that fashion.

  3. mrbill1234 says:

    So was the eBay espresso maker worth it after the price of repairs? Did you buy it knowing there was a crack?

    • Jamie Zawinski says:

      It ended up being cheaper than buying a new one, so yes, probably. The seller told us that it was in working condition, but it's not like we believed them... We bought it assuming it would need at least some work.

  4. Andy Bennett says:

    That's how we pour beer in the UK: http://jpb.li/gZGU0
    I've never seen it used for lager tho'.