As an experienced home brewer, and winemaker, nothing frustrates me more than when I have a wine that just will not clear. We’ve all been there. In our mind’s eye we envisioned a crystal clear polished white wine, but ended up with this instead.
Now most of us would just chalk it up as a lose, or even more so, just drink it anyway. But gift giving and sharing at the table with friends and family is a no go. I mean who would want to serve a cloudy white wine? If only there were a way to clear it. Well I have great news, there is!
Buon Vino supplied us a unit just to show you what it can do. So let’s get into it.
In the box you will find the unit itself, hosing, the manual and the power supply. Along with the unit you will also need filtration pads, and possibly a pre-filter. The pre-filter is incredibly useful and highly recommended if you are using oak chips or other material that could get sucked up into the pump. Sucking material into the pump itself could damage it beyond repair.
We know how well the unit performs with wines as we have seen the results for ourselves. However, how well does it perform with a cider? We wanted to find out! First and foremost oxidation is always a concern with brewers and winemakers alike. So before we show you how well the unit performs here’s a couple of handy tips;
NOTE: The Buon Vino Mini Jet Filter is not specifically made to filter beer. So filter your beer at your own risk.
Before filtering Beer, make sure the beer is VERY cold, almost freezing would be optimal. Start with a #1 pad and progress to a #2 pad. This should minimize the possibility of oxidation. The coldness of the beer also helps with clearing before filtration. Also of note here, the #3 pads should be avoided with beer filtration as the micron size is too small for it.
Before filtering wines or fruit wines, make sure you have cleared your wine as much as you can before you start and make sure you stabilized it as well with potassium sorbate and oxidation preventing metabisulphite. We had plans on filtering a batch of Pumpkin Ale, but we felt the the beer was not clear enough "naturally" to filter. So we moved on to a batch of Hard Apple Cider.
Cider being classified as more of a “fruit wine”, we were most eager to filter our Cider. The original cider left much to be desired. Even after 4 weeks of clearing you can still see a very noticeable haze. We wanted a sparkling, clear and polished cider!
We started with a #1 pad, progressed to a #2 pad, and proceeded to a final polish with a #3 pad.
And the results were astounding.
As you can see, the noticeable haze (left) has magically been turned into a professional and clear looking cider. I also must say that the taste was preserved throughout the process as well.
The only difference we could detect in overall flavor was a noticeably less yeasty aftertaste. Overall we could not be happier with our Buon Vino Mini Jet Filter.
The unit operates quietly, stayed cool during the entire process, works as advertised, and clean up is as easy as wiping out the drip tray, washing the plates, and running clear water through the pump and hoses.
You can find more information about the Buon Vino Mini Jet Filter from the official website below as well as find links to purchase your very own.
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