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 Why should I filter my wine? What are the advantages?

Why should I filter my wine? What are the advantages?

Whether or not to filter has been debated by winemakers as long as there have been filters. Some winemakers feel the only way to make wine is the 'natural way', letting the wine clear on its own, even if it does take a year or so. Other winemakers filter their wines to clear them so that they can bottle much quicker, thereby reducing the chance of problems.

Why filter wine if it will clear on its own? A clear wine is more appealing, the color is brighter. Filtering may make a wine drinkable sooner. A sterile or fine wine filter will remove most yeasts that may cause sediment and possibly refermentation. The disadvantage of filtering is the possible reduction of color and tannins, and possible oxidation. Because of this, we recommend that you don't filter red grape wines, but filter fruit and white grape wines.

There are a few types of filters available, like fully closed pressurized multiple plate filter systems, like the Buon Vino Mini Jet and Super Jet. These systems are similar to larger systems used by high volume wineries.

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