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

Don't waste your money

Review by Karl on 5/3/2017

Should have listened to all the reviews I read. Most were negative. But, I went for it. Bad decision. Simply a piece of crap. Been brewing for decades. Have never filtered. Really wanted to try it. Not an idiot . . followed instructions to a tee. 5 p.s.i. All bolts fastened to same torque . . . just didn't work . . leaked like a sieve . . . clogged to beyond use half way into the process . . . cloudy beer . . . just an absolute disaster. Sticking with gelatin . . . . maybe someday I might try the cartridge method. William's Brewing Responds: Sorry to hear of your problem, we have sent a prepaid return label so you can return this and get a refund. We find that the filter works but may drip occasionally. It is important to seat the filter pads securely in the two plates before assembling, and tighten all the screws very evenly, sort of like when a mechanic tightens a cylinder head. It is not designed for filtering 5 gallons of really yeasty beer, but works fine on 5 gallons of moderately yeasty beer with the 7 micron filter pads (you used the correct pads). Do not use pads finer than 7 microns when filtering beer. Our 1 and 3 micron pads are designed for filtering wine which has fallen bright.

Should have bought this a while ago...

Review by Dave Lewicki on 12/13/2016

The filter assembles, cleans, sanitizes and works great. I can get it sanitized and set up in less than 5 min. No leaks, not a drop, even when I pushed the pressure up way past the recommended limits. I *was* careful to read the instructions and make sure it was good and tight. I used the Polish (2micron) pad after crashing and fining for a few days (like instructions said). Beer passed through quickly and easily (faster than the instructions said it would) and the results are just .... stunning. I really thought this would be a pain in the *ss but since I push between carboy and keg, it was really easy to just put in line. Should have bought this a long time ago. Note: I love crystal clear beer -- it might not be as important to you Note2: cheers to Matt (review below) who pushed w/ gravity down a flight of stairs! Nice.

Plate filter

Review by Phil on 10/18/2016

I was satisfied with the performance of the filter but like someone else, I had some leak issues that came to light as I had to turn the CO2 pressure up to 12psi at about 2.5 gallons. It took nearly 2 hours to filter just over 5 gal. Due to the amount of yeast and small pieces of these stinking no good pellet hops.

Terrible

Review by Benjamin on 9/7/2014

Wish I had a better experience. First of all I cold crash my beers before kegging and thought it would be nice to have my beer sparkling clear hence my purchase of this filter. The first two batches tasted awful and were cloudy. Not hazy, CLOUDY!!!! Next batch I decide to taste what was left in the first keg that did not go into the filter. Tastes pretty good and decent clarity . After carbonation, same thing crappy taste and cloudy. I did not filter my next batch back and the beer is back to normal. Oh, and the beer filter has a new home. The county landfill.

filters great, but a bit of a pain to setup

Review by Douglas on 9/1/2014

i've used this product now to filter about 15 beers, including some yeasty beers (e.g. Belgians) and some very hoppy dry-hopped ones (e.g., IPA). to date, i've not a problem with the filter handling the entire load of beer i've pushed through it, including an 8-gallon batch of Belgian IPA, which it handled without problem. i've used exclusively the 5 micron filter pads, and the beer comes out looking sparkly and great. the one drawback i've found to this product is that it's a bit of a pain to get setup. this is because it takes several minutes to attach and tighten each of the 6 bolts and screws. the screws also need to be tightened pretty tightly or else the filter will slowly leak out of the sides while running (at 3-5 psi of pressure), and sometimes i find that it leaks a small amount regardless. perhaps a different locking mechanism, like some sort of a flip lock, would be a better design.