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    What's your post-holiday routine?

    The Bezzera manual recommends that after a week of inactivity you should run the machine for 12 hours and then drain the boiler. I had never come across this on forums before, do other manufacturers recommend the same?

    What's your routine?

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    Here is a photo of the aforementioned instructions.img_20171108_165139.437 (1)-01.jpeg

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    I wonder what the concern is? Legionnaires?

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    Quote Originally Posted by herzog View Post
    I wonder what the concern is? Legionnaires?
    Doubtful it would be legionella bacteria as they are killed quickly above 80c and wouldn't survive even in a spogulated state at 100c+ making it extremely unlikely to grow in the boiler, even in some of the dead legs (like a hot water tap that is never used etc). If your water in your boiler has been allowed to get to boiling almost no bacteria (found in waterways) will survive.

    Seems strange to turn the machine on and then dump the boiler. I would have thought you would dump the boiler and away you go?

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    I knew this question sounded familiar; I came across this issue on a German coffee forum, where somebody asked the same question. I have had my machine for 5 years and the manual did not have this kind of recommendation. Somebody mentioned the manual to his/her Strega (predumably of a later date) had the same instruction as a sort of appendix. It seems like a CYA statement to avoid any liability issues.

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    Quote Originally Posted by degaulle View Post
    I knew this question sounded familiar; I came across this issue on a German coffee forum, where somebody asked the same question. I have had my machine for 5 years and the manual did not have this kind of recommendation. Somebody mentioned the manual to his/her Strega (predumably of a later date) had the same instruction as a sort of appendix. It seems like a CYA statement to avoid any liability issues.
    May well be DeGaulle, probably not a bad practice if the machine has been standing for any length of time, water can/may pick up the taste of minerals in scale, doubt it would do much harm, but for the sake of a few minutes work why not.

    My Bezzera is 9 years old, just checked the manual, it doesn't contain this warning
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    If I am going away for a week or more, I usually drain the boiler before I go.

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    I have been away for 10-12 days on occasion, but I havenít had any off-flavors because of it. The only time I had funny taste in the boiler water was right after I had changed an ion-Exchange cartridge. That prompted me to drain and refill a number of times. Flushing the cartridge that way made the
    off-flavors go away.
    Then again, I use the hot water tap daily, for rinsing the PF, tea-making as well as fixing the Mrs. an Americano.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flynnaus View Post
    If I am going away for a week or more, I usually drain the boiler before I go.
    Interesting! have never bothered.

    Do you just run the tank dry or do you go in and remove the boiler drain plug or whatever?

    Like Degaulle I use the hot water daily so it does keep refreshing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yelta View Post
    Interesting! have never bothered.

    Do you just run the tank dry or do you go in and remove the boiler drain plug or whatever?

    Like Degaulle I use the hot water daily so it does keep refreshing.
    I turn the machine off, slide it over next to the sink and open the hot water tap. I tilt it towards the hot water tap side to try to drain as much water as possible. I remember reading about this on CS as preparation for storage many years ago.
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