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    Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster $850 - Free Beans Free Freight
    :) Hi there, just upgraded from Silvia to a VBM lever with factory 2 hole steam tip and having a nightmare trying to control steam to produce some foam. Using same milk as always (homoginised) but ending up with hot flat milk with no texture :(

    All suggestions appreciated *8-)

    Cheers,

    CB.

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Hi redzone121 and welcome!

    Until you get the hang of the extra steam pressure your new machine can produce, why not try opening the valve a little rather than a lot? That should give you more control. ;)

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Hi Redzone,

    I suggest that you block one hole using line trimmer line until you get more familiar with your machine. This will slow things down a touch.

    Enjoy!

    Chris

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Thanks guys I will be give botha try ! :)

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    what is the size of the milk jug you are using? I found it hard to stretch with a 300ml milk jug but with the 500ml, it is fine. *:)

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Hi,

    Yeah it can a be a picky little bastard to get perfect textured milk. I found the two hole tip was WAY too much steam for the small one cup full of milk I mostly do. I had better success with blocking one hole, firstly with a cut off toothpick, then later getting a jeweller to block one hole ( the inner one, toward the machine I mean. )
    This slowed the steam right down and allowed me to get a good whirlpool going. Not turning the steam wand all the way also helped. The machine has too much grunt for a small amount of milk, and I agree it is easier to steam a large amount, however there is too much wastage when only making one coffee. I have to balance out the minimum wastage with the fact that its harder to control and steam such a small amount of milk.
    I still have troubles. Its pleasure or pain in a few split seconds if i get it wrong.

    Good luck,

    Phil.

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Cheers again, yes I have changed jug size to 500ml freddiman and have blocked off one hole with a trusty toothpick Philhouse and co.
    Using just enough milk for 2 and already a vast improvement.

    Thanks again people, you rock !
    CB.

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    redzone121, I use a 600ml jug & normally steam approx 250ml of milk. Ive found the 2 hole tip really easy to use. I suppose Im comparing it to my original 4 hole tip that I stuggled with for 3 bloody years! That tip was an absolute shocker & I really cant believe that anybody could create microfoam with it. With the 2 hole tip, I open the valve fully, surf the top of the milk (middle) until I hit 20-25 deg & then sink the tip.

    Evan.

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    I just got a motta 500ml jug and spent the last hour steaming 3 litres of milk. Absolutely horrible results.........Ive lost it completely with steaming on this machine..... been steaming about 200mls of milk with the steam wand vertical in the middle of the jug. More of a tumbling effect with this technique. Turns out either completely untextured or full of medium sized ugly bubbles.....

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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Gavin check your PM I may haver found something to help, (It worked fro me) It is posted on your pointy end thread...
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    Re: Milk Foaming VBM super lever?

    Since I have adjusted Bar pressure etc I can have steam on full even in a small jug (still on single hole tip though),
    CB. :)



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