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    Hi all,

    Just a quick question which may seem a bit silly but how are milk jug sizes calculated?

    I ask because I want to buy a larger one but don't know how big it is as the size is not stamped on the jug at all.

    If I fill the jug to the very brim with water it is 950ml or if I fill it to where I would normally fill with milk to allow room for expansion, it is 500-600ml.

    I need the comparison so I know if I should buy a 1L jug or a 1.4L jug.

    Thanks

  • #2
    How much milk do actually wish to steam at one time?

    The sizes quoted by retailers are the full capacity of the jug (or v.close to that). I typically put about 130mls of milk into a 355ml jug, and after stretching, it is close to full. A 1.4 litre jug should handle 450ml-500mls of cold milk I guess, and allow for a 'full stretch'. Someone else will be able to confirm.

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    • #3
      Our current jug allows for 2 large coffees. Thinking about one big enough for 3 large or 4 smaller since my new machine has plenty of steam and volume to handle it.

      You have answered my question though, Thanks.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by applor View Post
        Our current jug allows for 2 large coffees. Thinking about one big enough for 3 large or 4 smaller since my new machine has plenty of steam and volume to handle it.

        You have answered my question though, Thanks.
        ...Ok....

        Assuming you must be using a 2 group machine if you want to texture milk for 3-4 coffees simultaneously? If not, the espresso would be on a rapid downhill spiral...

        Coffee for thought?

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        • #5
          milk jug sizes

          A common sentiment I've read through this forum is that although people own larger jugs, they just don't really use them anymore. I can understand your keenness for owning a larger one, and know you will have your own circumstances and requirements. I personally went and bought another 400ml jug so I didn't have to immediately rinse to make those back to back coffees. Talk_Coffee is right, unless you've got a killer workflow involving at minimum multiple portafilters, if not groups, there will be a trade off between the convenience to the quality of output.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Talk_Coffee View Post

            Assuming you must be using a 2 group machine if you want to texture milk for 3-4 coffees simultaneously?
            Why 2 group? Just two shots X2 in parallel with steaming. Why should there be a downhill spiral?

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            • #7
              G'day WR,

              All I can suggest is that you ask your shot that!

              Cheers

              C

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              • #8
                Is it because the temp of the first two shots is headed rapidly south?

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                • #9
                  Ah, not really mate...

                  By the time one has textured that quantity of milk, the shots will have all cooled right down and probably all the crema dissipated...

                  Mal.

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                  • #10
                    Suspected as much, thanks. Not that the milk need take long (I resist making size large) or even be done after the last shots pulled.

                    Less of an issue (crema dissipating) for milk based I guess but not a good story for owners of premium single boilers with long switching times - all shots 'dead' before the machine is even up to steam temp?

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                    • #11
                      Heh I wasn't expecting this thread to continue like this so I will add some more details.

                      Yes you guys are correct I am thinking 3 or 4 coffees - 2 double shots.

                      I pre-heat the cups/mugs so the shots stay warm for a bit and my VBM super HX seems to have plenty of kick for heating large volumes of milk in no time.

                      No problems with my 1L jug (about 550ml milk?) so didn't think it would be that big a deal just buying a 1.4L jug so I can heat about 750ml in one go.

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