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New Rancilio Silva - steamed milk not perfect

I have just got my Rancilio Silva machine, but I'm not satisfied with the steamed milk. I have been trying now for 3 weeks, but I feel the steamed milk gets watery.

I always let the machine stay on for 30 min before I start, when I turn the steambutton on, I empty the steamer for condensed water. I let the machine work until the mainlamb stop lightning, then empty the steamer again for a sec so there should me no condensed water into the steamer canals.

Still I feel it's a bit water into the milk when I finished. I have tried with all kinds of milk, from nofat (0,01%) to my favorite (4,6%). My old DeLongi machine made perfect steamed milk, my Rancilio do not so far.

If I put the steamerhead into the buttom of the milkcontainer there will not be any good steamed milk, I have to have the head just below the surface to make a good steamed milk. Could the preassure on the steamer be to low? And possible ways to solve the problem?

Is it only lack of practice or could there be something wrong?

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Make sure the milk (doesn't matter the fat content) is COLD. Then USE EXTRA MILK...(more than you need) that way it stays colder during the steaming, and it will froth instead of break. If it heats up too fast with too little milk... it will start to bubble and remain watery instead of producing froth. I use almost a full cup of cold vitamin D milk.... then I keep the steam head just below the surface..... Do not put the steam head at the bottom. This way some air is pulled into the steam and helps start the frothing process. I continue bringing the cup of milk lower and lower as the foam gets higher and higher, so the steam head continues to be just 1/4 inch below the surface. You will have super creamy foam (not bubbly foam). It takes a while to get perfect, but its worth it. Don't worry about expunging the condensed water at the start ... that really doesn't make a difference. Hope this helps!

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Please relay on your experience realizing that you now have new steam pipe(with different holes in the end of it and different pressure)
you will need to get use to them and get maximum quality of that steam pipe.
my advice:

  1. every time hold your hand in the bottom of milk container, so that you will prevent overheating which often gives the result you mentioned.
  2. every time you use cold milk.

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