Crystalbrite pads are filter pads that fit the Vinbrite Mk3 Filter Kit.
How many pads are in the packet?
There are 5 Crystalbrite Pads in each packet.
What grade are the Crystalbrite Pads?
Crystalbrite are premium grade technical pads offering excellent clarity and faster flow rates. The Crystalbrite use the latest technology in pad manufacture to produce a thin pad that has amazing filtration properties. Wine will pass through the pad faster than all other pads available, whilst still producing a perfectly clear wine.
Why choose Crystalbrite Pads?
Crystalbrite Pads are a high-grade premium pad. These pads are very thin and as a result, the wine will take less time to pass through than thicker pads. This allows a faster filtration time, so if speed of clearing is your main priority, then these pads will be perfect. If you are less concerned about speed, then the Filtabrite pads will clear to the same standard but at a slower pace.
What is the micron rating of the Crystalbrite Pad?
The Crystalbrite pads will filter to less than 1.75 micron. The minimum pore size is 1.14 microns, with a mean pore size of 1.74 microns.
How do you fit the Crystalbrite Pad?
The Crystalbrite is inserted into the Vinbrite Top Body, then the Support Disc is placed on the pad with side “A” facing the pad and the 3 notches in the Support Disc located in the slots in the Top Body. It is important to make sure that side “A” faces the pad as this has a ridge around the outside that bites into the pad to secure it in place. Then tighten the Locking Ring with the Spanner to secure the pad in place then snap on the Funnel.
How fast do the Crystalbrite filter the wine?
This is difficult to predict, as there are many factors that can influence the flow rate. Passing a thick cloudy wine through a filter will slow the filtration process and could even stop the flow. By pre-treating a wine beforehand, you will get more wine through the filter pad with faster flow rates. To pre-treat a wine for filtration, make sure that the wine has finished, degas the wine by stirring until no more bubbles rise, add finings to take the main debris down and siphon off the sediment. For country wines also use a pectin destroying enzyme.
What volume of wine can you pass through a Crystalbrite Pad?
The amount of wine that you will be able to pass through the Crystalbrite Pad will depend upon the clarity of the wine being passed through. The more work that the filter pad must do, the quicker it can block up and the slower it will be. Only filter wines that have been pre-treated beforehand, as this will allow more wine to pass through the pad. The performance of the pad can be improved by first passing your wine through a coarse grade Prime Pad. This will improve flow rates and extend the life of the Crystalbrite Pad.
Are there any other type of pads for the Vinbrite Filter?
Also available are fine grade Filtabrite Pads. These are designed to filter wines slowly, maximising the time that the wine is in contact with the pad. The longer wait will be rewarded with the highest clarity in your finished wines. Filtabrite Pads are ideal for polishing reasonably clear pre-fined wines (especially those made from kits).