Velo Plate Filter usage
Im looking for a users manual of a Velo plate filter. Just some general info on how they work inside the chambers. We use one here and its just passed down knowledge from past brewers on how to set them up. Also if anyone knows flow patterns flow rate, beer loss, can you over tighten the plates, etc.
I would call Scott. They sell them and are generally pretty helpful. I have a flowchart they sent me I will get to you. I have not used it very long so I dont have great tips but I believe (please someone correct me if Im wrong) you need to get the pads wet and saturated with sani before you crank them down really tight or you can damage the pads. Depending on the type of plates you can warp them if you go too high on the temp but I dont have the max temp. We use PAA. On ours the first pad (on the inlet side) has the rough side facing the incoming flow. Then the pads alternate their orientation. Even number of plates required and that gives an odd number of pads. I was told by the tech at Scott that an improperly oriented pad will simply reduce your throughput but not adversely effect clarity. As for over tightening I would tend to think no. Bigger filters are tightened hydraulically. We use a long piece of pipe for more leverage and to get leaking down to a minimum.
I would also like to hear any tips from anyone more experienced on these. They are pretty straight forward but Im sure there are some tricks. Im especially curious about optimum pressures and differentials across the filter. Also please correct me if I am wrong on anything.
I will give them a call and get some more details. We have had a few rough filters, I'm new there and trying to find out as much as I can. I also contacted the company in Italy and am trying to get a manual.
I might have a copy for you also, shoot me a call or email.
The manuals always seem a bit vague and there is some subtle things to know but is pretty straightfoward.
Always glad to help.