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scubaman2151

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So I wanted to get a better filter then the current vinbrite filter that I have now. I was looking at the Buon Vino Jet Filter. I was looking to see if anyone had any comments or recommendations for it. I heard it has a cool down period but dont know what that means or how much of a pain it is to work around.


Here is a description I found on it:


"The Buon Vino MiniJet has been designed with the small quantity winemaker in mind. It is the perfect way for the home hobbyist to produce a wine with a commercial shine. Perfect for the home winemaker who filters 23L (6 Gallons) at a time from kits or basically fresh fruit wines. Its compact design incorporates a self-prime motorized pump capable of filtering up to 23 liters in 15 - 20 minutes. A built in drip tray and drainage tube ensure a no mess, no fuss clean-up job. And its triple filter pads add a crystal clear, sparkling quality to your wine. Technical Specifications; Self-prime pump with incorporated motor (cool down required every 20 - 30 minutes of filtering), Filtering surface 465 square cm, 23 litre jug (approximate) per 15 - 20 minutes, 3 grades of pads (purchased separately), Coarse, Polish and Sterilizing. Dimensions; 30 cm (length) x 14 cm (width) x 18 cm (height). Weight; 3 kilograms C.S.A. approved. For best recommended cost effectiveness the Buon Vino MiniJet filter should be used no more then once or twice a week (on average) for filtering 23 liters (6 gallons) of wine in one “session”. If more filtering is anticipated please consider the Buon Vino SuperJet filter."


Let me know Im looking to buy within the next day or two.




If you dont like this filter make a recommendation on another one.




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I have enjoyed mine. I use it for transferringandfiltering.I do two kits at a time and have not had any problems with overheating. I also rig up a tee with2 bottle wands on the outlet hose and go strait fromfilter to the bottles. You have to be careful not to deadhead the pump when doing this.
 

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Running the pump with no where for the vino to go. I sure someone can give a more technicaldefinition.
 

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Its the tiy of the month right now so make up your mind quick!
 

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I believe this is not a self priming pump so you will have to start a siphon first right? i think only the Superjet is self priming.
 

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Wade: Couldnt I just tube the Jet to the auto siphon and take care of that problem?


Mississippi: How long are we talking before that deadheading happens? I like the idea of running the filter right to the bottle.


Whats pads would I need to do just a general filter once the wine has pretty much cleared on its own? I see there are three types to choose from?


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Im looking at 1 store that only says the Superjet is self priming but looked and found the instructions from another site says it is a self prime. But anyway, here is some info that might help you.
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COARSE FILTER PADS #1</font></font></font>
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One
Set of 3 pads $2.95&lt; value="BUY" ="Buy" ="f1('026111 No.1 Mini Jet 6.0 micron Coarse','2.95','0.25')" ;="" =""&gt;</font></font></font>-</font>Bulk
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#1 pads are coarse pads, strongly recommended for heavy wines. These pads
will not show a significant change in clarity of your wine. They are used
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POLISHING FILTER PADS #2</font></font></font>
-</font>(1.0
micron)</font></font></font>

Set
of 3 pads</font></font></font>-</font>$2.95&lt; value="BUY" ="Buy" ="f1('026112 No.2 Mini Jet 1.0 micron Polishing','2.95','0.25')" ;="" =""&gt;</font></font></font>--</font>Bulk
pack of 12 sets $30.00</font></font></font>&lt; value="BUY" ="Buy" ="f1('026112 No.2 Mini Jet 1.0 micron Polishing 12 pack','30.00','3')" ;="" =""&gt;

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Number #2 pads are finer and are used to obtain brightness and polish in
your wine. A significant change will be achieved in clarity at this stage.</font></font></font></td>
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<td>MINIJET
SUPER STERILE FILTER PADS #3</font></font></font>
-</font>(0.5
micron)</font></font></font>

Set
of 3 pads</font></font></font>-</font>$3.40&lt; value="BUY" ="Buy" ="f1('026113 No.3 Mini Jet 0.5 micron Sterile','3.40','0.25')" ;="" =""&gt;</font></font></font>-</font>Bulk
pack of 12 sets $35.00&lt; value="BUY" ="Buy" ="f1('026113 No.3 Mini Jet 0.5 micron Sterile 12 pack','35.00','3')" ;="" =""&gt;</font></font></font>-</font>

The
purpose of these pads is to further improve the clarity of your wine and
to extract a high percentage of yeast cells. The wine must be filtered
with the #2 pads prior to using these filter pads. This step in the filtration
process decreases the probability of re-fermentation prior to bottling.</font></font></font></td>
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<td>FILTER
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<ul>[*]
The #1 filter pads are a coarse
pad, used mainly for heavy wines. These pads will produce minimal clarity
for your wine. They are used as a first filtration to extract the larger
suspended particles.</font></font>[*]
The #2 pads are finer and are
used for brightening and polishing your wine. You should notice a brightness
and clarity. These pads remove smaller suspended particles and are used
for your second filtration.</font></font>[*]
If you prefer to further enhance
your wine or if you plan on bottling, use our #3 pads. These pads should
only be used if your wine has been filtered with our #2 pads at least once.
The #3 pads assist in removing the high percentage of yeast in the wine.</font></font>[/list]
NOTE. One set of pads will effectively
filter 23 liters (5 gallons) of wine. Remove the pads and replace with
a new set after above mentioned quantity use. Discard after use.</font></font></td>
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<td>MOTOR
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<td>Once you have started filtering
DO NOT filter more than 10 gallons or 50 liters of wine at a time. If you
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additional wine to be filtered
you MUST allow the motor to cool for 45 min. to 1 hour before recommencing
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<ul>[*]
DO NOT LET THE PUMP RUN DRY.</font></font>[*]
WINE MUST BE RACKED OR
DECANTED AT LEAST ONCE DURING THE NORMAL PROCESS OF WINE MAKING.</font></font>[*]
NOTE. PRIOR TO FILTERING, RACK
YOUR WINE INTO A NEW CONTAINER.</font></font>[/list]
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  1. READ FILTER PAD DIRECTIONS AND
    MOTOR DIRECTIONS FIRST.</font></font>

  2. Remove the pads from the package
    and place them in a clean container with enough fresh water to cover the
    pads</font></font>

  3. and allow them to soak (approx..
    5 min.) Make sure pads are not bunched together while soaking, allow the
    water to saturate on both sides of the 3 pads.</font></font>

  4. Attach the small diameter piece
    of hose supplied, to the fitting located under the drip tray. (A on diagram).
    This same hose is used for racking and cleaning your pump.</font></font>

  5. Loosen the two black hand wheels
    and remove the two central plates.</font></font>

  6. Remove the pads from the water
    and begin inserting them into the filter body. The course side will be
    facing the hand wheels and the holes will be aligned. See diagram. The
    pads have a tight fit. Make sure to press down on the pad so that both
    sides of the '1' are sitting on the two side bolts and the pad is straight
    along the top.</font></font>

  7. Place the pad into the filter
    body, next place one of the central filtering plates, insert the second
    pad and the next plate in the same manner, followed by the last pad. Once
    the pads and the plates are inserted all the pads and the plates should
    be even along the top.</font></font>

  8. NOTE. The pads are cut in a
    '1' formation with one side of the '1' higher than the other. The hooks
    on both sides of the filter plates also have the same offset. This allows
    you to insert the pads and plates properly.</font></font>

  9. Tighten the hand wheels to ensure
    a tight seal on the pads.</font></font>

  10. Insert the intake hose which
    contains a stainless steel wire and red anti sediment tip to the inlet
    on the pump (8 on the diagram).</font></font>

  11. Insert the long slightly larger
    diameter, out-take tube onto the exit nozzle (C on the diagram)</font></font>

  12. Place the intake tube into the
    wine to be filtered. Next place your out-take tube and the small tube attached
    to the drip tray into your container which will hold your filtered wine.</font></font>

  13. Upon commencing your filtration
    the wine will push out the water that remains in the pad via your out-take
    tube. Allow the water to flow out prior to placing the hose into the container
    which will hold your filtered wine.</font></font>

  14. If you desire, you may place
    the tube attached to the drip tray into a separate container and re-filter
    this wine at the end.</font></font>

  15. You are now ready to filter.
    Plug in the cord and turn on the switch located at the rear of the filter</font></font>

  16. The pump may initially be dry,
    and will not draw the wine quickly. If this happens force some wine using
    the intake tube, into the pump.</font></font>

  17. For your convenience you may
    use the pump for racking. For set up, follow the same directions as suggested
    for cleaning your pump (bypassing the filter plates)</font></font>

  18. WARNING. THIS FEATURE MUST NOT
    BE USED IF THERE ARE SOLIDS IN THE WINE I.E.. OAK CHIPS, ELDERBERRIES ETC...
    WARRANTY WILL BE VOID.</font></font>
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When you have finished CLEAN
YOUR PUMP. It is important to keep your filter clean.</font></font></td>
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  1. Remove the short tube which
    had been placed on the fitting under the drip tray. Disconnect the short
    tube which leads from the pump to your first filtering plate and attach
    the drip tray tube to the outlet portion of the pump, leaving your intake
    tube connected to your pump. You now have a direct line through your pump,
    bypassing the filter plates.</font></font>

  2. Pump clean cold water through
    your pump. Place your intake tube into approx. 15 lit. or 3 gal. of clean
    water and your out-take tube in an empty container. Turn on the pump, allowing
    the clean water to flush out the pump.</font></font>

  3. UNPLUG THE MOTOR.</font></font>

  4. Remove your filtering plates
    and hoses and clean. When cleaning your drip tray be VERY CAREFUL. Do not
    allow any water to get into the motor section.</font></font>

  5. From time to time, place some
    petroleum jelly on the threaded portion of the two side bolts, keeping
    them lubricated.</font></font>
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Filtration is the last step
in wine making. It's purpose is to further clarity and help remove unnecessary
by products and a high percentage of yeast in the wine.</font></font>

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In order to achieve optimum
results we suggest that a waiting period of at least 5 days take place
between filtrations, as you progress to tighter (lower micron size) pads.</font></font>

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To further enhance and maintain
your wine it should be properly balanced and stabilized before filtering.
It is a good rule to add (10gr.) Metabisulphite and (10 gr.) Vitamin C
for each 20 gal. (91 liters) of wine.</font></font>
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<td><a name="minijet"></a>MiniJet
Trouble-Shooting Guide Most common questions</font></font></font>
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<td>Q: Why Should I use "Buon
Vino" Filter Pads?</font></font>

A: You should use Buon Vino
Filter Pads because the micron sizes and consistency of Buon Vino Filter
Pads have been designed to give optimal performance when used with Buon
Vino wine filters. The flow rate of the pump is designed to work in conjunction
with the Buon Vino Filter Pads to give you the best filtration possible.</font></font></td>
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<td>Q: When and how do I lubricate
the gears on the MiniJet Pump?</font></font>

A: On rare occasion, if
the MiniJet has been run dry or has overheated, it may be necessary to
lubricate the gears. Tools required: Philips screw driver, small flat screw
driver and/or pen knife, petroleum jelly.</font></font>

  1. Remove four screws located around
    the black front face of the pump. If you lay your filter on its back, looking
    down at the pump, it will be easier to work.</font></font>

  2. Inside you will find a black
    plastic piece (looks like a top hat) sitting on a spring. The spring is
    set into an oval black plastic piece. (Set these pieces to the side.)</font></font>

  3. Next you will see a black rubber
    oval gasket. With a small screw driver or pen knife along the edge, lift
    it out and set it to the side.</font></font>

  4. Next is an oval stainless steel
    plate which needs to be lifted out. Note: this thin plate may be lifted
    out when you lift out the oval gasket. If you do not see it look on the
    back of the gasket, as it may be stuck to it. They are two separate pieces.</font></font>

  5. THIS NEXT PART IS VERY IMPORTANT:
    Everything now is a beige color. Looking carefully in the middle of the
    pump you will see in the middle a plastic piece in the shape of an "8".
    You should also see a mark, either black or red, on the top of the "8",
    and a mark in the middle like a pin hole. There are two slots on either
    side of the figure "8" plate. Take this piece out and set it down in the
    exact manner as you removed it. Same face up and same holes corresponding.</font></font>

  6. Once this plate is out you will
    see the gears. First remove the bottom gear by using a small screw driver.
    Place the screw driver between the teeth of the gear and pull upwards.
    Set the gear to the side. Next do the same with the top gear. This is your
    drive gear. When you remove it look through the hole, you will notice a
    flat spot. This lines up with the flat spot on the silver shaft that you
    just removed it from.</font></font>

  7. Take some petroleum jelly and
    place it on the back of the DRIVE GEAR and a little in between the teeth
    of the gear. Line up the flat spot on the shaft to the one on the inside
    hole of that gear and put it back in. Make sure the gear inserts fully.</font></font>

  8. Do the same as above to the
    other gear (idler gear) and place it back into the pump. The hole is round
    and you do not have to line anything up, just make sure that the two gears
    are even.</font></font>

  9. Pick up your figure "8" plate.
    Put a film of petroleum jelly on the back of this plate. Place it back
    into the pump in the exact same way you removed it. The mark on the plate
    should be at the top facing you and the pin mark should also be face up.</font></font>

  10. Put a small amount of petroleum
    jelly on your finger and run your finger along the top of the figure 8
    plate you just put in. You need to fill in the crack where the plate meets
    with the rest of the pump housing and the two holes where the shafts are
    (not the two side slots).</font></font>

  11. Next replace the silver oval
    disc. There is a tiny raised area, and this plate fits perfectly in the
    middle.</font></font>

  12. Place the rubber oval gasket
    over the silver plate. Make sure it is seated properly or your pump may
    leak.</font></font>

  13. Take the oval hard black plastic
    piece and place it in the middle on top of the gasket. Place the spring
    in the middle (you will notice a raised area that the spring fits into).
    Next place the "top hat" looking piece on the top of the spring. The long
    portion inside the spring.</font></font>

  14. Put on your cover and the 4
    screws. Make sure you do not over tighten the screws.</font></font>
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<td>Q: I have air going into
my pump and my wine is foaming.</font></font>

A: There are 3 possibilities...</font></font>

  1. The wine is very young and carbon
    dioxide (CO2) is present. The pump will release this gas simply due to
    the action of the pump. Release of CO2 from the wine is a good thing; most
    kits recommend agitating the wine to help release this gas.</font></font>

  2. You have removed the port fitting
    (black connector on the intake of the pump). We recommend that this fitting
    should not be removed. If you have done so make sure that the O ring has
    not been crimped and that it is fully inserted into the intake hole of
    the pump.</font></font>

  3. The intake hose is vinyl and
    can expand. Cut approximately 1/2 inch to 1 inch off the end of the hose
    and re-insert the hose. This will create a better seal at that point and
    not allow any air intake.</font></font>
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<td>Q: Wine is leaking too much
out of the pads.</font></font>

A:</font></font>

  1. Please read the sheet that is
    supplied with the filter on suggestions and recommendations.</font></font>

  2. If you did not rack your wine
    and you have sediment at the bottom you may be drawing up some of the sediment
    and clogging the pads quickly. Rack your wine before filtering.</font></font>

  3. Identify the style and
    density of the wine you are making. Each batch is different and can also
    clear at different times. Red wines, due to the color, are much harder
    to identify. Never start filtering with the hose at the bottom of the carboy.
    Insert your hose about half way and gradually force it towards the bottom
    of the carboy. Do not allow the line to empty. This will make the pump
    run dry, potentially damaging your pump.</font></font>

  4. What type of wine are you making?
    Some wines clear faster than others and some types are heavier, especially
    reds. If you are making a heavy red wine you may need to filter with the
    #1 pad which is coarser. Please read the Suggestions and Recommendations
    sheet supplied with the product.</font></font>
    Lubricate your tightening
    bolts at the thread with petroleum jelly or food grade grease. This gives
    better ability for the hand wheels to tighten down on the filter area.</font></font>
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<td>Q: I need a new motor. The
back fan is not turning and my pump is not working.</font></font>

A: This is a problem which
most users of the MiniJet will not encounter. It is caused by a gear inside
the pump becoming stuck due to failure to flush out the pump properly after
the last filtering session, oak chips becoming trapped between the gears,
or allowing the pump to run dry.</font></font>

This problem is identified
by a buzzing sound coming from the motor, but your fan at the rear of the
unit is not turning. Contact your store of purchase or Buon Vino Manufacturing
for assistance in correcting this problem. Although the above problem is
not difficult to fix, please do not start taking the pump apart before
being made fully aware of the proper procedures necessary to correct the
malfunction. The procedure requires specific tools and the removal and
re-insertion of parts in the correct order.</font></font></td>
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Im liking what im reading :). Wade do you have one of these? Do you suggest it?
 

Wade E

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No, I just bought a aspirator pump like appleman has for much less and I believe it will do more, like I degassed my wine with it. Look at this post, Gaudet has also followed suit and got 1 real cheap.
Wine pump and degasser
 

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The deadheading happens as soon as you close both bottling wands with the pumpprimed andrunning.
After reading the instruction bookthey clearly statethey do not recommend bottling from the filter, the wine is in an agitated state and should rest for a few days before being bottled using proper bottling equipment. So I will not be preforming that procedure in the future . sorry for the misinformation.
I use #2 pads they do great.
 

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It can. The best thing about it is that you can get the filters at a hardware store. You just hook up a whole house filter like the 1 in your basement if you have 1.
 

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The mini-jet works great. I filter into a primary and bottle from the spigot. I only had trouble 1 time when the wine wasn't very clear and I clogged 2 sets of filters. If i'm not mistaken, I think it also helps with any last degassing the wine needs.
 

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Wade do you think there's any thing to the "filtered wine being agitated"? I guess it could be like bottle shock, something time will take care of.
 

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I would imagine that it would be a greater shock then bottling as its being pushed through more hose and also through a filter so yes IMO it would need a little time to relax, kind of like when you have a hard day!After all that the wine probably needs a drink!
 
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