How to Correct High Brew Pressure on an ECM Elektronika II

Brew Pressure is High

If you find that the brew pressure on your ECM Elektronika II is too high, or above your preference, review the following to resolve the issue.

Do you have the backflush disk in?

  • This is the only true test of brew pressure. Coffee has too many variables. The backflush disk gives us a control model. With a rotary pump, and the backflush disk in, the gauge should rise to 9 bars in 4-6 seconds.
    • What is the brew pressure with the backflush disk in? Is it over 9 bars?
      • What is your water line pressure at?
        • It should be about 35 PSI or lower. If your water pressure is really high in your house, like around 60 PSI, this is going to cause a lot of extra pressure on the pump, and will affect the pressure at the group head.
      • Try adjusting your OPV. The OPV may be too open and needs to be adjusted down. The OPV and the pump need to be adjusted together. For example, if the pump pressure is 8½ and OPV is open at 9 bar, the OPV will need to be adjusted to open at 11 bar, which will cause the rotary pump pressure to raise more to 9 bar. Adjust OPV to 11 bar, then adjust pump pressure to 8½ bar. If these adjustments are not made together it will cause flow issues while brewing.
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