Hi all ... newbie here ... Im in need of some guidance on how to make thick creamy textured milk for cappuccino topping and to mix with my double ristrettos.
I really dont know the first thing about the "theory" of textured milk and most of what I can find by searching here and elsewhere seems to assume some knowledge of the basics.
Ive removed the pinerello from my shiny new Via Venezia and know how to get a nice steady stream of dry steam. Im positioning the plastic steam wand tip just under the surface of about 80mls of cold full cream milk in my 250 ml s/steal jug and opening the steam valve fully. Im running the steam for approx 30 secs (which gets the jugs base almost too hot to touch). This results in very warm (but not burnt) thin sloppy muck :-[. There are some initial small bubbles on the surface which dissipate with a bit of a knock and a swirl of the jug.
If you arent getting a slurping sound (ch ch ch) for a few seconds, the wand is too deep.Originally Posted by 776275777D717373100 link=1279174828/0#0 date=1279174828
you need it to just break the surface a few times so as to introduce some air into the milk.
Without this air the milk will not increase in volume and give you the texture you seek.
We managed reasonable foam at my place the other day--what changed?
We were using A2 whole cream milk.
You can also try steaming less. As I remember the VV gave lots of steam, and 30 seconds sounds like a long time for 80 mls of milk. I reckon 10 to 15 would be enough. You may also get better control by not opening the valve all the way.
Thanks for the link TC ... That was helpful ...
Thanks Thundergod ... Ive been experimenting this afternoon/evening and things have definately improved with allowing a little more air into the milk ... I think I may have had the steam wand tip a little too far under the surface.
Greg ... Its that dominant right brain thing again ... I just dont assimilate lots of specific information in a single session. I probably should have taken notes :) ... I did briefly consider bringing my camera to record some video but eventually decided that may have been a tad inappropriate ... Yes we did make some nice foam and I reckon with a bit more experimentation I should be able to consistently achieve that quality on my own.