PID Retrofit Kit for Rancilio Silvia with Pre-Infusion - White

 

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Overview

This PID controller kit is built with perfecting a single-boiler machine in mind. With the addition of steam temperature control and an extraction timer that can be programmed with pre-infusion, this PID can turn your Rancilio Silvia into a professionally consistent machine. The pre-infusion functionality injects water directly into the espresso grinds to saturate the coffee before actual extraction, ensuring far less variance when the pump flings into full motion.

The steam temperature control allows the boiler temperature to be held between a tighter range during frothing. User operation is the same as regular machine, so there isn't a lot of extra fiddling to figure this PID out. The added consistency is a welcome change, as the most common complaint we hear from Silvia owners is a lack of this consistency.

This kit fits all Silvia models, including the model made after 2009. However, if you have a model V1 or V2 made between 2000 and July 2006, the PID with screw sensor offers better performance.

Please be aware that installing this on your Silvia will void any existing warranties.

How the PID Retrofit Kit Works

Pre-infusion is achieved by pumping a small amount of water into the coffee grinds, then activating the pump for extraction following a few second delay. This will prevent abrupt high pressure on the coffee grinds that can create inconsistency. Overall, this unit takes quite a bit of the guesswork out of the process.

  • The extraction timer contains three segments: pre-infusion, soak, and brew. Each segment can be set with only .1 second variation.
  • When the ">" key is pressed, the controller starts the brewing sequence automatically.
  • The pump can be stopped at any time by pressing the ">" key a second time. This feature allows you to operate the brew pump manually, with the timer as a reference. User can also bypass the timer to use switch on the machine for manual controlling the brewing process.
  • The steam temperature control allows the boiler temperature to be held at tighter range during frothing.
  • User operation is the same as the regular machine; no extra buttons are needed for frothing. When the steam switch is turned on, the on/off temperature of the heater is controlled with 1 degree (F or C), as compared with original thermostat's >10°C (or 20°F).
  • With this level of temperature control, you will no longer need to surf the temperature for frothing, because the heater will kick on much sooner than the original thermostat. The on/off temperature can also be adjusted by the user.
How Does it Compare?

Easier on the eyes, this PID now features white digits as opposed to the original red.

Specs

Model Number KIT-RSPba-W
Product Weight (lbs.) 0.6000
Material Stainless Steel
Manufacturer Auber Instruments

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