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Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Thu Jun 04, 2015 9:33 am

After a discussion on Facebook, someone asked I share my filtering steps on the forum. These are steps I've developed through a combination of chatting with Tasty McDole about his process and through personal trial & error.

Procedure for Plate-Style Beer Filter

1. Fill receiving kegs with water & empty with CO2 (or just purge the keg with CO2).

2. Sanitize all filter surfaces.

3. Thoroughly rinse filter pads with warm water.

4. Assemble filter.

5. Hook up filter to empty receiving keg & flush all lines with CO2.

6. Pour off pint of source keg sludge.

7. Hook up to source keg only & push beer through filter until water and sanitizer are gone. (Press on ball lock adapter center pin to let beer flow.)

8. Wait 10 minutes.

9. Dump ~1 pint of beer (until papery/soapy filter pad aroma is gone).

10. Attach to receiving keg & proceed as usual, keeping the exit point on the filter plates pointing upwards.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby Steven P » Tue Jan 26, 2016 12:13 pm

Thank you sir!
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Thu Feb 18, 2016 10:35 pm

I have recently come to realize my filtering steps list needs one more, very crucial entry.

0. Only use filter pads from Williams Brewing. (All other filter pads may leave a floral, dryer-sheet flavor and aroma in your beer, immediately ruining it.)
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby carrisr » Fri Feb 19, 2016 7:26 pm

I take it that it didn't fade as you hoped ?

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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Fri Feb 19, 2016 8:59 pm

Nope. It actually seems worse. To their credit Adventures In Homebrewing has agreed to pay to have me ship them some bottles so they can see for themselves.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby mjensen52402 » Fri Feb 19, 2016 9:24 pm

The name alone should have been the first clue. Adventures in Homebrewing. Would you buy protein from Adventures in Meat?
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby andrewmaixner » Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:32 pm

I've gotten a fair amount of equipment from AiH , and it's been fine on price and quality -- be interested to hear how the filters issue resolves though
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Fri Feb 19, 2016 11:29 pm

I'll keep you all posted. They claim they've sold thousands of these filter pads and I'm the first complaint they've had.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby JimPotts » Sun Feb 28, 2016 2:11 pm

That's what you get for buying the Bounce-brand filters.

Have you heard anything back from them?

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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby Eric B » Sun Feb 28, 2016 8:53 pm

I've used filters from MoreBeer and have not had a problem.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Sun Feb 28, 2016 10:05 pm

I'm going to mail them bottles of the pre- & post-filtered beers.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby andrewmaixner » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:04 am

DrPaulsen wrote:I'm going to mail them bottles of the pre- & post-filtered beers.

if it isn't too much hassle, you could also mail them a "filtered with competitor's filter" bottle for reference, to eliminate all but 1 variable.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Mon Feb 29, 2016 8:17 am

I would if I had anything to filter.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby andrewmaixner » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:25 am

Any resolution to this?

I remembered your thread about filtering after I used a tea ball with way-too-wide mesh to dry hop a keg (will go back to fine nylon mesh bags in the future). Now I have 2/3 oz of hop detritus in a keg of beer and am considering getting or borrowing a filter.
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Re: Filtering Steps

Postby DrPaulsen » Wed Sep 21, 2016 9:30 am

After going back and forth for about six months, the guy from AIH eventually quit and moved on before he ever got around to tasting the beers. His replacement sent me a note apologizing for their lack of response and gave me a gift card covering the cost of the filters, the bottle shipping fees, and an extra $10 for my trouble (apparently that's the value of a batch of homebrew). He tasted the beer but said he couldn't taste the dryer sheet flavor. I appreciate the gesture of a gift card refund, but will not be buying filters from them again. At this point, the only brand I have had good luck with is sold by Williams Brewing. I re-brewed the Helles and filtered it with new filter pads. This batch does not taste like dryer sheets. The off flavor in the original keg was still there six months later so I just dumped it.
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