Here I am, still in the holding pattern while I wait for my mead to do its secondary fermentation thing!
If you remember last time, I did some preliminary research on sweetening my mead once secondary fermentation was complete, and I had asked your opinions and advice on what you think I should do that might be different from what I already found. Please feel free to continue sharing your thoughts, as it’ll not only help me, but will help others trying to figure out how to sweeten their mead wine as well.
Since I’m still in research mode, I figured today I’d chat a little bit about another thing I’ve been pondering related to my home winemaking practice: wine filter systems. If you’ve read any of my previous entries, you know I’ve been back and forth with the idea of getting a filter for my wine. My biggest problem right now has to do with space, and the fact that we will likely be moving into a new home by the end of the year and that would be one more thing I’d have to pack up and haul.
I think today would be a good time to actually sit down and see what wine filter systems are available, so I can decide if it’s really that big of a deal to get one now or not, or if I really should wait until after my life has settled down a little bit in terms of where I’ll be living.
OK, so checking out the ECKraus website, it looks like there are about 4 different options:
- Pressurized Wine Filter System: Great for filtering 5 to 10 gallons of wine at a time. This is a manual filtering system, and from the picture looks to be pretty easy to pack up and move whenever that happens for me.
- Buon Vino Mini Jet Wine Filter System: Great for filtering 5 to 20 gallons of wine at a time, but unlike the pressurized wine filter this one is automatic. Just have to turn it on and it goes! This is also pretty small and compact and easy to move around wherever I go.
- Vinbrite Wine Filter System: This is the most simple design of the lot. Gravity fed, manual, and good for up to 2 gallons of wine at a time. Super easy to pack up and go.
- Buon Vino Super Jet Wine Filter System: This one is the “big boy” of wine filters. Filters up to 60 gallons per hour, non-stop. Much larger and higher capacity than the three others. Excellent for someone who is making a lot more wine than I am right now.
Based on the variety of options here, I really have no choice. Looks like I’ll be getting either the Pressurized Wine Filter System or the Vinbrite Wine Filter System. If I wish to increase my output in the near future, it might be better to go with the Pressurized Wine Filter, since it can handle more wine than the Vinbrite Wine Filter. I’ll give it a little thought and will report back on what I end up getting!
My name is Leigh Erwin, and I am a brand-spankin’ new home winemaker! E. C. Kraus has asked me to share with you my journey from a first-time dabbler to an accomplished home winemaker. From time to time I’ll be checking in with this blog and reporting my experience with you: the good, bad — and the ugly.