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Old 01-14-2013, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default REVIEW: *Vinbrite Wine Filter Kit*

We began dismantling Christmas at our house this week. Tree comes down, lights off of the house. Tossed out the left-over cookies, and stowed the opened gifts into the places where they will make their homes. My thoughtful brother had given me a gift bag with some wine related stuff---an aerator, some bottle toppers, other accessories, and a basket with some munchies, all in a big bag. Embarrassingly, I had forgotten to dig to the bottom of the bag, where I found an untouched, wrapped package. Inside was a VINBRITE MARC iii with vent. Well, I'll be...

So, I took the small contraption to my Lab. As I decended the stairs to the basement, I vaguely remembered mentioning to my brother that I did not filter my wines, but planned to try it some day. To my utter surprise, he had taken it to heart.

I look over my wines in their respective carboys. My eyes fall on the Italian Pinot Grigio I had started in October. It had not cleared up as quickly as I had liked. Here it is, still slightly cloudy...



Well, I thought, I'll just run this stuff through this device and see if it's any good. The device, that is, as the wine smelled great.

The instructions were plain and comprehensive, and the set-up was easy. My brother, astonishingly, had included extra Vinbrite pads and a package of Vinpapers for extra clarity.

I set the thing up to run, and went to town to run some errands. Very convenient!




Several hours later, here is what I saw. I said, Wow! This thing is pretty cool! Compare this pic below to the before pic above. The wine is crystal clear!



For a small inexpensive filter kit, this things does the trick! I would recommend this to anyone, for an easy, cheap way to give your wine a polished finish.

Thanks to my allinonewinepump, I had 30 gorgeous bottles of wine a short time later.



Most definately two thumbs up!

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Thats awesome!

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Yeah, I used 1 for years and it does work, just takes a long time! Usually 45 minutes for 6 gallons.

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Dave,

I too got a Vinbrite for Christmas and as soon as I opened it I ran two batches, a 6 Gal Riesling and a strawberry. I was impressed how well it does. I do not really worry about how long it takes, as I just let it go and keep messing around the house and check on it every once in awhile. I am a little anxious about using on some of the big heavy reds that I am aging..I might not. I bet this thing will put quite a polish on the DB??

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Thanks Dave!

Would anyone worry about leaving a batch of wine exposed to air while doing this?

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Thanks Dave!

Would anyone worry about leaving a batch of wine exposed to air while doing this?
The instructions suggested dosing the wine with sulphite prior to filtering for just that reason. I added 1/4 tsp to my six gallons, then filtered. The time frame is really pretty short. Like Wades said, about an hour to filter six gallons. So, the exposure is not a big concern, I would think.

I am anxious to try it on a batch of the DB. I've got one clearing now, so.....soon.
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i have been using a vin brite filter since i first starting making wine back in '05, and i have ALWAYS been pleased with the results...never had an ill effects on my wine, and it just gleams once it's been run through the filter...and no, i am not one of those that tries to use it as an alternative to actually letting my wines clear....i always start with wines that have either been allowed to sit and age, or have cleared through the use of clearing agents....the only problem i ever have is trying to get the one end of the tubing to fit onto the end of my racking cane....lol...takes a little time and effort, but eventually it goes on....lol...

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The instructions suggested dosing the wine with sulphite prior to filtering for just that reason. I added 1/4 tsp to my six gallons, then filtered. The time frame is really pretty short. Like Wades said, about an hour to filter six gallons. So, the exposure is not a big concern, I would think.

I am anxious to try it on a batch of the DB. I've got one clearing now, so.....soon.
I'm curious why your using that anstead of a Whole House set up with the Allinone?
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I just never got around to getting the whole house set-up for the Allinone. It's my procrastination gene. It's hereditary.

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If your low on funds and want to filter this is a nice thing to get. your wine should be pretty clear before using this or will clog up and then you're in a world of trouble.

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