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    What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

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    Sigh, so just as Id mastered microfoam on Silvia, I upgraded to a Giove and now I just cant get my milk right!

    Its foamy on top but watery through the coffee rather than gorgeously glossy and microfoamy. Doesnt look like shiny wet paint at all :(

    Ive tried practicing on water and a drop of soap and that works fine. When I switch to milk, it all goes pear shaped!

    I think I am struggling with a two hole top and the power of a dedicated steam boiler. Any tips?

    I always polish my milk in the jug after, but I think it is two distinct layers of foam and watery milk rather than microfoam.

    I use Farmhouse Extra Creamy :) None of that light stuff!

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    hey tashie i reckon if u can be bothered getting a vid up, then ull get some great help here.
    also, practice...

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    Might need some professional help. Feel like dropping around? :D

    Off to make a video now!

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    haha,

    as if I am pro enough to help you!!!!!
    give us the vid tash

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    Im to embarassed - going to start practising more first.

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    Ya did say yer off to make a video now.
    Cmon, what do you have to lose? ;)

    Is there a lot of steam coming out of the wand tashie?

    First of all, does this happen with a different container of milk?

    Compared to the Silvia, the Giove would feel like a commercial machine in terms of steaming power, and this would impact on the way you steam the milk.

    I had to spend some time altering the way i steamed my milk on the Silvia compared to the Sunbeam EM6910, but it was worth 500gm of beans and 2 litres of milk doing so to get it right. :o

    Keep practicing. Observe and change. Different angles of steam wand, steam tip positioning, how much milk you have in the jug etc.

    Let us know how you went. Were here to help.

    Gary at G

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    I had a 2L bottle of Pura the other day that just didnt do good microfoam. Fortunately I had a small bottle of cream and a teaspoon of that added to the milk in the jug before steaming made all the difference ;D

    Onto the next bottle of milk and back to normal. The time of year will influence the milk quality.

    With my GPP Plus I sit the milk jug on the drip tray and have the tip just under the surface of the milk, set to the edge of the jug. Turn the steam on and leave the jug sitting there until its up to temp. Dont adjust anything, as the milk stretches the wand gets deeper, it just works 8-)

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    Re: What am I doing wrong? Milk tastes watery

    Sorry for the late update.

    Ive found success with help from this blog commercial non-sponsor link removed

    In particular, I never understood the difference between the chk, chk or whistling sound. This blog describes the texturing part it should sound gentle, like tearing paper.

    So, tearing paper it is! And once I found that sound I realised that previously I was blowing much too much air into the milk.

    Problem solved. Hope this helps someone else down the line.

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    so now we can see a vid tashie! 8-)



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