Well here is a story for you... after I vacuum filtered my wine, I went to my SIL's to help her with her first batch - an Italian Pinot Grigio...
Let me preface by saying that when I picked up the vacuum filter system from my local retailer, everything was put together, pads in place, etc... all I needed to do was run sterilizing solution through and rinse. But when I finished, I took everything apart to clean for the 2nd round at my SIL's...
Well, we must have done a poor job putting it back together (with new pads) as when we started running it through, the wine started pouring out the sides of the filter!! Oops! So we immediately stopped... we might have wasted a bottle of wine total, hopefully no more. By then it was late, we were both tired, so we just racked her wine normally into a new carboy... as Step # 4 suggests... no filtering.
She will now rent the filter unit just before she bottles... So hopefully we didn't screw up HER wine!!
Last edited by jojoeastcoast; 10-28-2009 at 10:10 AM.