DetailsAnnouncing a Big Improvement In Small-Batch Filtering!
For the first time, the Mini-Jet has a self-priming pump—turn it on and it will draw liquid from your carboy or fermenter directly into the pump and through the filter pads, with no siphoning, no fussing around, and no mess! You get brilliantly polished wine in only minutes, and you never have to worry about stopping and starting the filter if you need to: turn it back on and it simply starts where it left off! You can bottle your clear wine with the happy knowledge that it will be stable in the bottle and look great for years to come.
Clear, fined wine is very pretty, and shows well in a glass. But filtered wine has a diamond sparkle to it that catches the eye, and looks more like a commercial wine. It’s the difference between a freshly washed car and a freshly waxed car. Both are great, but one is noticeably more appealing.
Mini-Jet filters use three different grades of pads for for increasing levels of polish. Whichever filter pad you use, we strongly recommend using the Buon Vino pre-filter setup with your Mini-Jet if your wine contains oak chips or powder, or if it contained grape skins. All small pumps are designed specifically to move liquids with low levels of suspended material, and the small, efficient and easy-to-clean pre-filter helps ensure your pump head maintains maximum efficiency as you filter your delicious wine.
Needed but not included: Mini Jet Filters
Read more about how to filter your wine here.
- Details & Instructions
4.3 / 5.028 ReviewsTook my finished product to a whole new levelI introduced a grape seed tannin into my mead in the search for a better mouth taste and a level 1/4 teaspoon turned my 5 gallons of golden mead in to a mud like looking brew..._x000D__x000D_I added finings which helped considerably but it only went from pure mud to mud light.... Well I brew about a batch a month consistently and decided to pony up for this filter as it was on my must have list anyway and maybe it would save my work...._x000D__x000D_Well I bought it today took it home read everything and set it up.... that took about 15-20 minutes. I soaked the filters and primed the pump with mead._x000D__x000D_The pump ran like a champ and it moments my mud light was bright golden again with only the #2 filter.. My wife and I were almost speechless...._x000D__x000D_The finings did seem to clog the filter toward the end of the operation and caused a excess of flowage out the drain... It wasnt a problem and in the future I wont use finings with this filter and I suspect the problem will go away._x000D__x000D_The machine overall appears well built and has a heft to it as it obviously has a powerful motor for its size......_x000D__x000D_Would I buy it again??? Absolutely... and yes it does take a minor amount of work to set up and clean but the results are stunning and the taste was the best yet of any product I have made....January 30, 2012When it Works, its goodMy whife and I decided to get one, and have regreted it since. We have used it three times now. The first time was our fault, nd I dont count that towards the negitive out look of this thing. Both the second and third time I have used it The moter needed a kick start, good thing home brewers use these so often that the warranty lasts. Besides the knocking the motor loose, I have to prime the pump. I guess they fidure home brewers wont mind suck starting the wine filter, not like we are that concerned with sanitation or anything. Over all I would not buy this or recoment it to a freind, let a lone an enemy. I think that I will youtube how to make a filter and go that route next.February 22, 2013great little machineI love my Buon Vino mini Jet Filter. I've been using it for quite a few years now and can't believe the clarity of the wine after each filtering. Use the coarse & wait 4 days, then use the polishing filters & wait another 4 days, and finally use the sterile filters & wait for an additional 4 days. The wine is SO clear and ready to bottle.April 30, 2012Recently PurchasedI've been making wine for several years now. Some batches have trouble clearing with leftover sediment. This machine with the #2 polishing pads has completely eliminated those problems. By far the clearest white wine I have ever made. The only drawback is the hose from the pump to the filter pads is way too short when you decide to flush the pump out after use.February 19, 2012Good filtration but slowI bought this for those wines that never seem to want to clear as well as those that taste and smell "just right" after aging and that I do not wish to risk by using the fining broadsword. It clears the wine. However, my unit is SLOW. It routinely takes 30 to 45 minutes for 6 gallons and has never pumped 6 gallons in the 15 minutes stated. Further, the pump has never self primed - even with the carboy at a higher level that the pump. Ocassionally the pump will not turn at all, requiring some water pulled through the pump and then flushed with 5 or 6 gallons to get it back to service. I would have paid a bit more for a higher volume, more dependable pump.February 17, 2013Good System - Some drawbacksThis system is based on a gear pump and a multiplate filter. The pump is simple and reasonably reliable but could use a screen for protection. My pump did not prime and was slow - upon disassembly I found that the seal plate was bent, allowing the wine to bypass the pump and causing poor performance. Repair was simple and consisted of flattening the plate, lubricating and reassembling. I am not sure how the pump was damaged but assume a seed or piece of oak got in it - a prescreen to preclude this would be beneficial and make the system self protecting. However, the system generally works well does the job for which it was intended - and at about $0.10 a bottle to add sparkle to your wine, it is a good value.February 18, 2013Worked Well But.......Sure was glad I decided to filter the white wine in the garage because it made quite a mess. The amount of wine that came out the overflow nozzle was excessive. Finally ran the tube to another carboy and collected about three inches of wine. Emailed the manufacturer, got a response from them requesting my phone number the next day. Sent my phone number and have not heard from them in over three weeks. Knowing the limitation of the pump/filter, I will make it work.February 16, 2014Great filterFor the personal wine maker this filter is great. Easy to use and clean and the wine looks amazing.November 23, 2012I ordered a filter fromI ordered a filter from Midwest and it arrived on time as requested. The filter works great and I will be ordering from Midwest again in the near future for my wine making supplies.January 20, 2016Brings a crystal shine to my... don't want to rhymeThe cost of the unit is a little high for the quality. The small feet, only 3 instead of 4, and the plastic composite of the unit is my only complaint. My first attempt to use the front foot cracked, the pump fell forward off the counter and I caught the pump before splashing into my bucket. I'm not skilled just blessed because my wife would have killed me. I was over her white tile with a merlot. Grace aside, a little superglue and I was back in business. (I think it was a freak defect) _x000D_I have used the coarse and polishing. I find the coarse is not necessary if you allow the sediment to clear and use some filtering agents. I have run two meades, a merlot (no oak), and an ice wine. I have two other meades, same formula, that I did not run through prior to bottling. The difference in clarity is awe inspiring._x000D_If you soak your pads well and prime the pump it runs good. I use distilled water and have used sanitizer. Yes, you suffer a little waste, but perhaps a glass. The trade for clarity is worth it. _x000D_I have very little leakage/drainage. I crank those knobs down tight on the filters and work them a little each time in a clockwise rotation to set them evenly. _x000D_Overall, I am very satisfied and the work is worth finished product.February 14, 2013
- Customer Q&A
Browse 4 questions Browse 4 questions and 7 answersWhat is the flow rate on the pump? Gallons per hour?BEST ANSWER: Flow rate varies considerably with how efficient I have been with racking off sediment and starting from a fairly clear wine. Filtering time varies from minimum of about 15 minutes for a 5 gallon car boy, to 30 to 45 minutes for a real cloudy wine that has been difficult to clear with racking. BV works well as a polishing filter, but I've also used for the cloudy situation above. In the later case, might need to change filters a few times for a car boy.Does the filter come with all necessary hoses, what else do I need besides the filter pads?BEST ANSWER: Hi Brett,
The filter is good to go, right out of the box. You will need a cleanser and a sanitizer. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, there's a short video demonstration with Tim Vandergrift.
CharlesDoes this Unit filter the wine well enough to allow adding sugar to the wine without the addition of Potassium Sorbate?BEST ANSWER: I haven’t had a problem with my mead fermentation reactivating after filtration.Is there a suggested maximum volume capacity? I realize 5g carboys are typical and am sure higher volumes mean changing out the filters more, but I'm more curious about the engineering of the motor and whether it is appropriate for it to be on for 50 gallons or so at a time.BEST ANSWER: This can be used for any volume, but you would have to change the filters quite often. How many times depends on the amount of sediment and the level of filtration used. This unit is designed to work best with 6-20 gallons.