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    Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

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    Hi Everyone!
    I have been using my new Lelit for about 3 months and am having trouble with the milk texturing... I dont get that velvety texture. I have removed the aid that comes with the machine as that gave me more bubbles and I really want to be able to use the machine properly!

    I try to stretch the milk until about 40-45C and then submerge the wand completely in the milk until about 60-65C, after that I continue with the circular motion with the jug until ready to pour but Im always left with some bubbles... Below is todays effort...

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    Hi SS,

    My top tip is to purge for 30 or 40 seconds after activating steam mode. This lets the boiler get nice and hot and also allows the steam to get dryer. Second top tip is to starting texturing before the element light comes on (ie start texturing while the element is still on).

    It should look like this video (but note that the element light activation is reversed for the 42EM in the video - ie the light is on when the element is on):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMPQAVNXqvg

    charlie

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    Quote Originally Posted by 547B6A5C727F7D755D7F787B1E0 link=1313282112/1#1 date=1313295636
    Second top tip is to starting texturing before the element light comes on (ie start texturing while the element is still on).
    Hi Charlie,
    Thanks so much for the tips, mate! Will try it asap!

    Can you just clarify this point, Start texturing before the element light is on, or while? Did you mean while the element light is still off? Sorry a bit confused...

    Thanks again for your prompt response to the post! :)

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    Quote Originally Posted by 5B5B080 link=1313282112/2#2 date=1313312491
    Quote Originally Posted by 547B6A5C727F7D755D7F787B1E0 link=1313282112/1#1 date=1313295636
    Second top tip is to starting texturing before the element light comes on (ie start texturing while the element is still on).
    Hi Charlie,
    Thanks so much for the tips, mate! Will try it asap!

    Can you just clarify this point, Start texturing before the element light is on, or while? Did you mean while the element light is still off? Sorry a bit confused...

    Thanks again for your prompt response to the post!* :)

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    Start texturing while the element light is still off. This means you are texturing while the element is still on and this gives you a better and faster result.

    charlie

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    I thought the light is on when the element is powered up - the idea of steaming before the light turns on means the boiler temp is high enough as to not need reheating. Each time the light turns on I can hear the water in the boiler boil - unless my Lelit is different?

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    To change the discussion slightly, does the kind of milk play a part, I did the same thing you suggested, Charlie, with different milk and it worked heaps better, I was so excited by the result I forgot to take a picture, but does the kind of milk make a difference?

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    Do you mean a different brand of milk? With good technique youll get a good result no matter what milk youre using.

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    I suppose my technique is getting better! AWESOME!!!

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    Quote Originally Posted by 4669784E606D6F674F6D6A690C0 link=1313282112/1#1 date=1313295636
    Hi SS,

    My top tip is to purge for 30 or 40 seconds after activating steam mode. This lets the boiler get nice and hot and also allows the steam to get dryer. Second top tip is to starting texturing before the element light comes on (ie start texturing while the element is still on).

    It should look like this video (but note that the element light activation is reversed for the 42EM in the video - ie the light is on when the element is on):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMPQAVNXqvg

    charlie
    This is great advice, I was initially afraid the boiler would run dry, but the increase in steam (that I always thought was pretty good) is amazing. I have to be careful though that I dont burn the milk! :)

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    My routine is:

    1. after the espresso shot immediately open the steam knob to purge the few mm of water in the steam arm.* Close the knob and press the steam button.
    2. Get the milk from the fridge and pour required amount into the jug
    3. open the knob again and purge the remaining wet steam (not much really). close the knob and dip the steam tip all the way into the milk (to avoid splashing milk all over yourself)
    4. texture the milk as normal.

    I find this gives the steam pressure enough time to build up and literally has enough steaming power to blow the milk out of the jug (a 300mm jug that is* :P)

    I actually have not had to open the steam valve all the way when texturing with my PL042E combi.* I find 1 finger turn and a half of the knob (about 360deg) is ample and allows for more controlled texturing.* takes me about 15 to 20 seconds to steam milk for 1.

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    Quote Originally Posted by 775E4C5F5A5555525E3B0 link=1313282112/8#8 date=1314576147
    Quote Originally Posted by 4669784E606D6F674F6D6A690C0 link=1313282112/1#1 date=1313295636
    Hi SS,

    My top tip is to purge for 30 or 40 seconds after activating steam mode. This lets the boiler get nice and hot and also allows the steam to get dryer. Second top tip is to starting texturing before the element light comes on (ie start texturing while the element is still on).

    It should look like this video (but note that the element light activation is reversed for the 42EM in the video - ie the light is on when the element is on):

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMPQAVNXqvg

    charlie
    This is great advice, I was initially afraid the boiler would run dry, but the increase in steam (that I always thought was pretty good) is amazing.* I have to be careful though that I dont burn the milk! :)
    with (steam) power comes great responsibility!* ;D

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    Re: Milk Texturing on a Lelit PL041E??

    the milk texturing has been a whole lot better lately, Ive been heaps slack in not putting any more pics of my progress! Thanks saoye for your step by step info!
    Another quick question, do I need to polish the milk if it has just come out of the steam wand? When should you be polishing the milk?

    Sorry everyone, Im still learning here, so hence the many and varied questions...

    SS



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