First Filtration with Plate Filter

After a week of staring at it, I finally got the nerve to filter my new IPA with the new 40×40 plate filter.  Well, since I never used a plate filter, I did a considerable amount of thinking and tweaking the week before.

Upon giving it a critical eye, I realized why I got such a good deal on it – it was totally homemade.  But that’s ok.  The main parts that needed to be sound were the plates – which they were – all but one of the endplates.

First, I didn’t need to filter with all 25 plates, so I needed to modify it down to about 3-4 as I was only doing a half barrel.  Second, one of the endplates was rigged – it wasn’t appropriately sealed.  I was warned this was a source of leakage.  I attempted to seal it up with silicon.  There was also a spigot on the drain end that leaked.

It DID end up filtering FAST.  We did lose about 2 gallons via leakage but now that I know what I’m dealing with, I’m confident that I can fix them.

I do have to thank my wife.  Without her, I never would have filtered.  I kept upping the pressure on the fermentor and nothing would come out of the filter…then she asks, “Why is that valve closed?”  #$^#%&.  I opened it and it came out fast.  As it should.  All-in-all, it was a success.  It filtered ‘mostly clear’ though I knew the Pall pads that came with it were a little coarse.  I just wanted a reference point.

My initial solution was to silicon plug the end-side.  It may have worked if I did a better job at siliconing.
My initial solution was to silicon plug the end-side. It may have worked if I did a better job at siliconing.
Sanitizing the plumbing.
Sanitizing the plumbing.
Sanitizing the plates
Sanitizing the plates

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Flushing with water and tightening down the pads.
Flushing with water and tightening down the pads.
Making a mess.
Making a mess.
John happened to show up at just the right time - too help drink the leaked beer.
John happened to show up at just the right time – too help drink the leaked beer.

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Roll it outside for a hose-down..
Roll it outside for a hose-down..

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