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I can achieve normal pressure only by using dual wall baskets.

When using single wall basket pressure gauge displays low water pressure and I get sour coffee with no crema. What may be a reason? Thanks.

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The grind is too coarse or the tamping is too light, or a combination thereof. Use some bathroom scales to get your tamping pressure right and then adjust the grind accordingly.

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Adjust the grind and or tamping pressure.

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too much coffee. are you filling it too high? does it take a filter?

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the proper replacement steam ring has an up-side & down side. the brew-head plate must be installed with the grooved side facing up; the steam ring has a groove in one side that fits over the top up the brew-head plate...does this solve the problem? if not, you may have the wrong steam ring/the brewhead plate may be installed incorrectly...oh, nov of 08...i seriously hope you've figured this out already. if not, you don't happen to still have machine in your possession, do you? if so, i'll buy it for $5.

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