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    Decalcify..

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    Ok, so im quite sure that im an idiot for this one..

    I got a Brevill Cafe Roma of my girlfriend for christmas just gone, and me being me just plugged it in, turned it on, filled the water and starting playing Mr Home Barista..

    Yesterday I heard something about decalifying my machine every so often. I think 8 months is a good time for every-so-often..

    What I am asking is.. What on Earth is decalcifying??

    Any answers apprectiated.

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    Re: Decalcify..

    Its to remove any crap (minerals within water) thats built up on internal parts - usually on the heating elements. Look inside your kettle and you will see it for yourself.

    If you use filtered water (more specifically, a filter with a softener), it should reduce limescale build up in your machine and extend the need to decalcify (aka descale) it.

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    Re: Decalcify..

    Just as an aside to this, some water sources are pretty well free from scale, and others are horrendous. Our tank water, for example, is exceptionally soft (has been tested), but our town supply is incredibly hard.

    In terms of descaling/decalcifying, you can just use white vinegar at minimum (wont work if it has started to take hold though), or there are plenty of commercial products such as Cafetto descaling solution.

    As mentioned above, the bottom of your kettle is generally a good indicator of what is going on inside your coffee machine.

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    Re: Decalcify..

    Cheers for that.. The inside of my kettle is pretty clean, cleaner than the outside in fact o.O .. Still I might run some white vinegar through just to be sure.

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    Re: Decalcify..

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    You should use some coffee machine specific descaler (check out cafetto sponsor link on the left), which removes as well as disolves the scale. Vinegar can lift off scale but leave it in large pieces that can potentially clog valves etc downstream.

    Cheers



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