What is the Vinbrite Wine Filter Kit?
The Vinbrite filter enables wines to be produced to professional standards both quickly and economically hence therefore conserving both time and space. This filter is very easy to use, the wine simply being syphoned from one jar to the other through the kit. The filtering principle is straightforward...... a barrier is simply placed across the path of the wine. This barrier (better known as a filter pad) comprises a material having countless thousands of pores that are small enough to trap the greatest number possible of haze particles, whilst still allowing the wine to pass through.
Is the Vinbrite Filter Kit easy to operate?
Yes. It is very easy to assemble with minimal parts and comes with clear detailed Instructions. Assembly will only take a few minutes and you will be ready to start.
Is pre-rinsing with water necessary?
Yes. This is important for two reasons. Firstly it will swell the pad and open the pores, making filtering easier and quicker. Secondly it will wash the pad removing any loose fibres that may be present from the manufacturing process.
Is it necessary to syphon off the sediment before filtering?
Yes. It is very important that you syphon your wine from any sediment before attempting to filter. Sediment is thick viscous debris full of dead yeast cells and will quickly block the pores of a filter pad. By removing the sediment beforehand, you will get more wine through the filter pad and at a faster flow rate.
How long will it take to filter 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.
Does filtering affect the final colour?
No. As the filter pad only traps the floating debris that is too fine to settle, no colour is removed. Filtration is a physical process, not chemical.
Does filtering affect the taste?
No. As only debris is removed, the wine taste will not be altered. If you did notice a difference in taste before and after filtering, you would have been tasting the dead yeast cells floating in the wine beforehand.
How good is the final clarity?
The final clarity of filtered wines is astounding. You will get commercial like clarity in your home made wines that will impress you. Even clear wines will get the extra shine by filtering.
Can you filter spirits?
Yes. A wine filter can filter any spirit that you make. This may be necessary if a flavour you add makes your spirit cloud up or lose its clarity. By passing it through a filter kit, it will bring the clarity back to a commercial standard
Can you filter liqueurs?
Although you could filter a liqueur such as sloe gin etc, the process will be very slow and could even stop the filter. A liqueur contains a lot of sticky sweet syrup that clogs a filter pad. You would be better using filter papers as they are coarser, but even these will be slow.
Can you filter a wash ready for distilling?
Yes. You will get a better distillation result by filtering the wash beforehand. The pad will remove any residual yeast cells that could otherwise break open in the boiling process, releasing off flavours. Also, if you have also used carbon, this will form a layer on the pad that the wash will pass through to get to the filter pad. As the wash is being forced through the carbon again, it will absorb more impurities for the distillation process. Filtering a wash will result in a cleaner final spirit
What types of filter pad are available?
There are currently 3 different grades of pads available for the Vinbrite Filter Kit: Prime Pads, Crystalbrite Pads and Filtabrite Pads. These pads come in a white bag with colour coded print and each pack contains 5 filter pads.
Prime Pads are a coarse grade pre-treatment pad and are part of a system of pads that are available for the Vinbrite Filter. They will enhance the overall performance of your Filter by removing larger solids and colloidal particles that may block finer filter pads. You may not notice significant differences in the clarity of your wine after passing through the Prime Pad, but the subsequent flow rate and performance of Filtabrite or Crystalbrite Pads will be improved.
Crystalbrite are premium grade technical pads offering excellent clarity and faster flow rates. They are part of a system of pads that are available for the Vinbrite
Filter. 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.
Filtabrite are fine grade pads, offering excellent value. They are specifically designed to filter wines slowly, maximising the time that wine is in contact with the
pad. The longer wait will be rewarded with the highest clarity in your finished wines. They are part of a system of pads that are available for the Vinbrite Filter, and are particularly effective when filtering pre-fined wines. These pads must be fitted with the smoother patterned side facing the locking ring (rougher crater looking side facing inside the Filter Body). As this pad is thicker, there is no need to fit the Support Disc but do ensure that the Locking Ring is fully tightened against the pad using a Vinbrite spanner.
The performance of the pad can be improved by first passing your wine through the coarse grade Prime Pad. This will improve flow rates and extend the life of the Filtabrite Pad.
Watch the Vinbrite in operation:
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- A must have!
AMAZING. I filtered my white wine through this filter after using finings. The wine is now crystal clear and looks no different to the bottles of wine in the supermarkets. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to clear their wine to a commercial standard! This product is a must!