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Hi, I posted a question a few weeks ago regarding my steamer. I have changed to distilled water, and that does not make a difference. My milk is being boiled, not frothed. I have used 2 thermometers to see if the temp is off, but they both were the same. How can I fix the steamer so it froths the milk again, instead of boiling it? Thanks

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Pure water will leach the minerals from the boiler and other hoses it is an acid.

Posted on Oct 06, 2010

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  • renslowa Oct 06, 2010

    So what can I do to fix it???

  • Ernest R
    Ernest R Oct 07, 2010

    Use filtered water, not RO or distilled.

  • renslowa Oct 07, 2010

    I really don't think it's the water that is causing the water to boil and not froth. Anything else?????

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