Version 4. After retrofitting the Rancilio Silvia with the PID controller kit, the espresso The controller in the Auber instruments[ PID kits has been calibrated with. Rancilio Silvia with Auber PID Perhaps more than any other home espresso machine, the Rancilio Silvia has a devoted, storied following. Rancilio Silvia PID: I wanted to add a PID to my new Rancilio Silvia (V3) espresso maker. After doing a bit of research, I settled on the Auber Instruments Model.

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I would aube know when to start my steam by just beginning a few degrees before the light is set to go off. Continue steaming milk, heater will stay on but temp will only go up a bit to C but will not go to the C cut-off.

PID Temperature Control Retrofit KIT for Rancilio Silvia

Turn on steam 2. They mention a range I don’t recall the exact numbers as it will be slighly different from machine to machine.

Just got mine 2 weeks ago but the cover for the grouphead the chrome painted plastic is peeling off. That is what I was thinking too – in that the steam function isn’t necessary. I think I will go with the delux model without the steam control.

PID Retrofit KIT for Rancilio Silvia w/ pre-infusion

Also, I saw a post ion CG about an issue one member had attempting to remove his steam wand and the fact that the PID was in the way. This PID technique makes perfect microfoam with good high pressure and even more importantly, at a constant pressure so you can accurately control the stretching and rolling phases. This is a different controller than our universal controller SYL The PID controller in this kit is specifically modified for home espresso brewing applications.


This kit will take roughly more minutes to install because of the extra steps required for steam control function. Customers who bought this product also purchased Users can also easily adjust the brew water temperature to suit their own tastes. My technique works like this: My initial thought is that I would go without the steam control silviaa just watch the temperature indicator to see when the light switched pidd.

With a custom made enclosure, the controller can be mounted between the group head and steam wand without interfering with their function.

The only work needed either has to be done during installation or is difficult to ship pre-assembled. For the user, operating this controller is the same as operating the regular machine; no extra button is pkd to press for frothing.

The instructions with the kit are great, I had no problems at all. Not great solution but not sure if any way around this – other then putting the PID in a different location.

You have the basic idea correct, start a bit before the thermostat turns off the heater so that the heater stays on during steaming. Is there a clearance issue?

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. I doubt the model 3-hole tip on the Silvia will work as well.


The installation is completely reversible if you ever want to sell the machine or send it in for servicing. By accessing this site, you agree to the site’s terms of service. C20 Male Receptacle, Panel Mount. Platinum RTD temperature sensor.

Screw driver, pliers, a socket wrench and small amount of alcohol. This reduces the project time from days or even weeks considering ordering these parts separately to less than an hour.

Rancilio Silvia & Auber PID – Steam Control or No?

Illuminated Pushbutton Switch, 2 NO, 22mm. Compared to buying the controller and components separately, this kit is a great value.

Basic knowledge of electronics wiring and safety. Custom manufactured PID temperature controller with parameters set for the machine.

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Not being home right now to look at it I’m not sure if there is enough dead material on the case to work with or if it would interfere with the screw holding the back panel. Two additional parameters are included to balance the requirements of cold start speed, shot recovery speed and long term stability. The only post I found on another forum seemed to indicate that the steam control isn’t a separate PID control not really sure what is meant by that.