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L1 Extraction help - Medium/Dark roast
I've recently acquired a new-to-me L1, and i am loving it so far. I love the extra involvement in making espresso, coming from a DB PID machine, where it was just a click of a button.
That said - I'm trying to get my extraction right on the L1, and i'm having a hard time finding some "beginners tips" for this fantastic machine.
1: For medium/dark roasts, how long would you have the lever down before you should see first drip?
From what i can read in one of the permanent files on the forum, 7 seconds should be somewhat in the right range. But if i grind course enough to accomodate that, coffee will fly everywhere once i pull the lever up. Where as if i grind like i would with my previous DB, i would never see first drip, but the end result would be pretty good (to me).
I get that "go by taste" is the way to go, but i would appreciate if someone could point me in the right direction (be it a forum post, video or w/e).
2: I am kinda shooting for a 1:2 recipe with 18g in 36g out in 30 secs - but it pretty much always stops around 30g. How would i go about increasing the water volume in the shot? or am i going about this the wrong way :-)
Grinder is Eureka Mignon Specialita.
I'm using the IMS basket and shower screen