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    Tips for pushing beer through filter

    We recently purchased a plate and frame filter (30 plates) Does anyone have a method they like to get the rest of the remaining beer from the filter to the brite? We've done both deairated water and co2 to push with varying luck. Any solid gold methods to maximize efficiency?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ashawinsky View Post
    We recently purchased a plate and frame filter (30 plates) Does anyone have a method they like to get the rest of the remaining beer from the filter to the brite? We've done both deairated water and co2 to push with varying luck. Any solid gold methods to maximize efficiency?
    Both those methods have worked well for me at multiple facilities. The key for me was to go slow.

    What issues are you experiencing?

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    You're going to lose some beer as a "cost of doing business" with your filter, no matter how well dialed in your technique is; the sooner you stop thinking about whatever pours out when you open 'er up as pints you could've served somebody, the better!

    That being said, I've had good luck with the water push. Use a sightglass, or at least a hose you can see through - maybe it's not true for all filters, but the one I use, the stuff I'm pushing into the hose can get pretty watery while what's coming off the sample tap will still be pretty undiluted.

    The gas push is a little more fiddly, in my experience - but, then, we only tried it once, got a ton of particulate, didn't really know if it was something harmless like gas dissolved in the process or something bad like blowing schmutz through the pads because we'd used too much pressure, but decided if the water push ain't broken, don't fix it! However, we were flying blind on the process, I'm sure it works well for folks who know what they're doing, if you can find one of those folks to show you the way, I wouldn't be afraid of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UnFermentable View Post
    Both those methods have worked well for me at multiple facilities. The key for me was to go slow.

    What issues are you experiencing?
    Ill try going slow with the water push on the next run, I just felt like once the water push began the product was almost instantly diluted to "unacceptable" levels. I appreciate the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by feinbera View Post
    You're going to lose some beer as a "cost of doing business" with your filter, no matter how well dialed in your technique is; the sooner you stop thinking about whatever pours out when you open 'er up as pints you could've served somebody, the better!

    That being said, I've had good luck with the water push. Use a sightglass, or at least a hose you can see through - maybe it's not true for all filters, but the one I use, the stuff I'm pushing into the hose can get pretty watery while what's coming off the sample tap will still be pretty undiluted.

    The gas push is a little more fiddly, in my experience - but, then, we only tried it once, got a ton of particulate, didn't really know if it was something harmless like gas dissolved in the process or something bad like blowing schmutz through the pads because we'd used too much pressure, but decided if the water push ain't broken, don't fix it! However, we were flying blind on the process, I'm sure it works well for folks who know what they're doing, if you can find one of those folks to show you the way, I wouldn't be afraid of it.
    Thats good to know about the sample ports, ill test from multiple locations next time.
    Cheers.

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