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Sissling when making espresso

Hi! My Ranchilio silva has a tendency to sissle a lot when making the espresso. This affects the quality of the crema, first of all the crema-if any- is thin and bubbly. And there is a lot of spilling off coffee when making it. I know there is enouch water in the container and no air sucked into the machine. I clean the machine regularly and have tried to adjust the pressure. I know it has nothing to do with the grinding / coarseness of the coffee, because the water sissles also when I try to run it throug without coffee.
Can anyone help?
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First of all, do you steam your milk first then immediately brew the shot? If so, that is your problem. When you depress the steam switch, the temperature elevates way past what is optimal for brewing espresso. If you try to brew immediately after steaming milk or using the hot water feature, that would definitely be why your espresso sizzles. Your shot will likely come out burnt tasting, thin and just plain rancid.

Either brew your shot first (learn temperature surfing for your best shots), or immediately after steaming milk, turn off the steam switch, depress the brew switch (without portafilter in place) for a few seconds until no steam comes out- only water (wait till you don't hear the sizzling sound). Hope this helps.

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