Plate Filter

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Why filter beer or wine? Filtering is mostly for looks, but can affect taste and shelf life as well. Filtered beer has a sparkling commercial appearance, and looks great in a glass. Filtered beer with little or no yeast content will also age differently, and will not pick up yeast flavors from the sediment in the bottle or keg. On the other hand, if you plan on adding priming sugar and bottling your beer, you must add more yeast (we prefer 5 grams of Y04 dry Champagne Yeast) before you mix in the priming solution and bottle.

We have chosen a plate filter because the large surface area of the plates catch more yeast than cartridge-type filters, and remove more haze causing particles. Unlike cartridges that may cost $30.00 each, a pair of disposable filter pads (to do 5 - 7 gallons) cost under $4.00. In addition, pads are available in more than one rating, so you can adjust your filter easily and inexpensively to different beer conditions. For example, use fine filter pads when you want to really polish the beer or wine for kegging or counter pressure filling (and you have fined with Instant Isinglass to remove excessive yeast), or use medium pads for most filtering jobs, when there is visible yeast in suspension before filtering.

Unlike other plate wine filters designed for lower pressures that leak, our Plate Filter features twin sealing O rings specifically designed to hold the 5 psi pressure needed to push beer through a plate filter. Our Plate Filter is easy to clean and sanitize, and uses readily available round 8 3/4” diameter cellulose filter pads (commonly available for other brands of round plate wine filters, such as Vinamat). Our Plate Filter works with any Beverage System that has two ball or pin-lock kegs, a regulator, and C02 bottle.

To use for beer, assemble filter and pads. Attach ball or pin-lock threaded flare fittings (not included) to the inlet and outlet hoses, and fill one keg with beer to be filtered. Seal the keg lid and attach a gas line from your regulator to the IN side, and adjust the regulator pressure to 5 PSI to push the beer through the filter plates and into the beer side of the second keg, which is not sealed.

C02 pressure is required to push the beer through the filter, it will not work with gravity and a siphon. It will take 45 minutes to an hour to filter 5 gallons of beer at 5 psi. When done, discard filter pads (which will be covered with yeast) and rinse all filter parts before putting away to dry. You mayl lose about 12 ounces of beer or wine, which will be in the filter at the end of the filtering run.

Click  to download detailed instructions on how to use this filter with a kegging system. Click on the More Info link above to see a picture of this filter attached to a kegging system.

NEEDED BUT NOT INCLUDED FOR BEER: Besides a Beverage System with two kegs, you will also need to order Filter Pads (2 required per batch), as well as two  beer ball lock or two beer pin lock threaded flare Keg Connectors (depending on the type of kegs you have). In addition, you will need two 5/16" stainless hose barbs.

NEEDED BUT NOT INCLUDED FOR WINE: For wine, all you will need additional is our Q77 Pressure Tank (not included) and two 3 micron filter pads per 5 gallon batch (order separately).

Average rating 7.75 out of 10 ( based on 24 reviews )

Plate filter makes for brilliant beers

Review by MATT S. on 9/17/2005

Pros: The plate filter is easy to operate if you have a CO2 kegging system and cornies. It is easy to clean and since its redesign a few years ago, is leakproof. You can select from various filter pore sizes and it is a much better value than cartridge filters. If you beer is properly crashed you may be able to get up to 20 gallons through one pair of filters. Entering a filtered, force-carbonated beer in competitions puts you well ahead of the pack.

Cons: You cannot filter carbonated beer the way a brewery does, so you want to filter after the beer is fermented, cold-crashed, and still flat. You force carbonate after filtering. The other aspect is that when the filter is first wetted and installed it gives off a minerally flavor that can affect your beer. You will want to push a couple gallons of safe water through the filter first, then push the beer through.

Plate Filter For Beer Filtering

Review by JODY M. on 9/18/2005

Pros: The filter is easy to setup and clean, and it does not waste much beer by leaving it in the filter. It is also much cheaper to operate than any cartridge type filter. The 3 micron filter works very well, and occasionally I can just squeeze out two 5 gallons batches on 1 set of pads.

Cons: If you don't tighten all of the bolts evenly, and tightly enough, you can get a small amount of dripping. The 1 micron pad is just too fine to be practical. When disassembling the plate filter beware of pressurized beer between the filter pads. If you loosen the wing nuts too quickly, you may be cleaning beer off the ceiling.

Great results with this filter.

Review by David H. on 3/7/2008

Pros: I have used this filter for a while and it works great. The 3 micron pads work well with beer that has fallen clear. The filter works best when the beer to be filtered is cold. A little trick if filtering from a keg. Put a tubing shut off clamp on one of the outlet tubes. When the batch is finished lay the filter flat, with the clamp on the upper tube, shut the clamp and allow the CO2 to push the last remaining beer out of the filter.

Cons: The filter does leak some, especially when the filter pads become clogged.

Slight Mods

Review by Colin M. on 3/20/2009

Pros: This has been a great filter for me. I modified the setup slightly to fir the equipment I have as follows: I removed the 'Y' from the two outlets on the filter and ran tubing directly to my two 2.5 gallon cornies. When I'm going to filter I rack from my secondary fermenter into my 5 gallon cornelius. I then run it throught a 3micron filter into both of my 2.5 gallon kegs at the same time. Obviouly I need to increase the pressure - I found 9-10psi works well, and I can filter all 5 gallons in about 30 minutes with out any leakage.

Cons: Make sure you tighten the filter according to the instructions otherwise you'll get leaks. The instructions are start with one nut, tighen slightly, move to the opposite nut and tighten, keep going until all nuts are hand tight. For me that means goijng round all nuts about three times. The trick is not to overtighten anyone nut at any one time, but to evenly tighten all nuts gradually.

Sparkly beer. mmmmmmmm

Review by Jeff May on 2/8/2010

Pros: Nothing is quite as satisfying as a sparkling clear beer. I used this on my first Kolsch with great results. Easy to use. Easy to clean. Inexpensive pads. Well worth it.

Cons: Don't get in a hurry. Go slow and evenly tighten the nuts. It leaked when I got close to 10 psi. Make sure your beer has fallen clear. Doing a Kolsch with the coarse pads still clogged half way through and I had to change pads in the middle of the batch (messy!)

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Jul 20, 2019 by rod

Q: where can i buy the black carbon filters for this unit

A: This does not take carbon filters, it takes plate filter media. We sell this, see our items Q17 (7 micron grade), Q19 (4 micron grade), and Q20 (1 micron grade) filter pads.

Sep 14, 2017 by Dan

Q: I'm curious if anyone has used this for transfer from kettle to fermentor to reduce trub prior to fermentation by means of pumps instead of Co2.

A: Trub has too much particulate matter, and will clog this filter almost immediately, so this is not recommended.

Dec 27, 2016 by Ste ditchfield

Q: Would this be ok for removing haze and small particles after distilling gin and put it inline with my bottle filling machine,can regulate the output of pump.

A: We have not tested this with hard alcohol and are not sure if it would react well with the plastic, gasket or filter pads themselves.

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