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Title: Canister vs. Plate filter
Post by: jklinck on June 23, 2011, 05:46:32 AM
Has anyone both used canister and plate filters? If so how do you think they compare?

Right now I have a plate filter but find the whole construction and use a pain. I watched a youtube video of someone using a canister filter and it looked much easier.
Title: Re: Canister vs. Plate filter
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on June 27, 2011, 03:13:04 PM
I have both plate and canister filter.

You have more surface area with 10" canister 2.5" diameter filter then with plate filter.
More surface area faster you filter.
Your filter speed also depends on "soil load" or how much yeast is still in suspension.

When I filter cold un-carbonated beer.
It takes about 10 min for 15 gal of beer at 10 psi.
You can filter about 30 gal on one cartage.

Another thing is that you can buy reusable 1 micron filter cartages.
They are about $25 a piece from Foxx equipment.

When you are done filtering you back flush the filter and put the cartage in PBW.
Title: Re: Canister vs. Plate filter
Post by: jklinck on June 28, 2011, 09:23:12 AM
Doesn't a 1 micron filter clog too easily? Does it strip out too much aroma and flavor? With my plate filter I have only been using rough (5-7 micron) filters. Does Foxx Equipment sell reusable 5-7 micron filters?


I have both plate and canister filter.

You have more surface area with 10" canister 2.5" diameter filter then with plate filter.
More surface area faster you filter.
Your filter speed also depends on "soil load" or how much yeast is still in suspension.

When I filter cold un-carbonated beer.
It takes about 10 min for 15 gal of beer at 10 psi.
You can filter about 30 gal on one cartage.

Another thing is that you can buy reusable 1 micron filter cartages.
They are about $25 a piece from Foxx equipment.

When you are done filtering you back flush the filter and put the cartage in PBW.
Title: Re: Canister vs. Plate filter
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on June 28, 2011, 12:41:00 PM
Doesn't a 1 micron filter clog too easily? Does it strip out too much aroma and flavor? With my plate filter I have only been using rough (5-7 micron) filters. Does Foxx Equipment sell reusable 5-7 micron filters?

Foxx Equipment has course cartridge but there is no rating.
It is too rough to my experience and yeast will get thru it.
How much beer are you planning to filter?

I am filtering about 150 gallons a piece. I have to replace (and wash) 1 micron cartridge every 30 gallons (or so).
My set up is not ideal but will have to do right now.
Title: Re: Canister vs. Plate filter
Post by: jklinck on June 28, 2011, 09:23:15 PM
Doesn't a 1 micron filter clog too easily? Does it strip out too much aroma and flavor? With my plate filter I have only been using rough (5-7 micron) filters. Does Foxx Equipment sell reusable 5-7 micron filters?

Foxx Equipment has course cartridge but there is no rating.
It is too rough to my experience and yeast will get thru it.
How much beer are you planning to filter?

I am filtering about 150 gallons a piece. I have to replace (and wash) 1 micron cartridge every 30 gallons (or so).
My set up is not ideal but will have to do right now.


I generally filter all of my beer. What PSI do you push the beer through with? Do you ever have any problems with leaks? My plate filter leaks if you push it past about 6 PSI. Do you know any other place to purchase the reusable filter? Foxx Equipment won't let you set up an account if you aren't a business.
Title: Re: Canister vs. Plate filter
Post by: Thirsty_Monk on June 29, 2011, 02:21:08 AM
I run it at 10 psi.
Less psi does not mean better filtration.
More psi tends to rip cartridge apart.

Canister usually does not leak unless canister gasket is off :)

Try your local plumbing supply store (box stores do not have them) and ask for 1 micron sediment filter.
Do not get the carbon stuff.
They are about $27.
You could go with disposable type.
They are about $2 on web.
Lookup 1 micron cartridge on Northern brewer site and then search for the brand they are selling.