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Beer and Water Filtering Kits

Commercial breweries filter beer to improve clarity and flavour. Having a filtering system is a good option for home brewers who want to create a clear, smooth brew, without the use of additives. There are many reasons why filtering beer is essential. Homebrewers who want to develop artisanal beer use a filtration system to remove tannins, yeasts, and abundant proteins that may contribute to the haziness of the liquid as well as off flavours. Filtration systems can remove particles that are as small as one micron, so the end product has a cleaner taste and better clarity.

Water filtering kits for your brewing system are important, and you must also consider the size and the type of filter it uses. The screen in the filter should be fine enough to filter the yeast cells and tannins but should be large enough so that the beer retains its desired and intended flavour. Filters that are around one (1) micron are adequate for most home brewers. Another factor when choosing a filter is to determine how fast it will clog. The most efficient filters are two-stage systems wherein the two levels of differently-sized mesh are used to filter the liquid. (more info below)
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Many households choose to filter their water before using it for drinking or cooking. The reasons they do so are the same reasons you should consider filtering your water before using it to brew. Depending on your water source, the chlorine in it could contribute to off flavours in your beer. Some well and tap water contain high levels of iron or a pH, which makes it not suitable for brewing beer. Eliminate problems associated with using well and tap water by using a sound water filtering kit before brewing.

Different types of filters are available for homebrewers, but the most popular are inline canisters with replaceable filter elements. These filters are very inexpensive and work well with almost all quality filter cartridges.

When filtering beer, make sure fermenting is complete so that it can develop its flavour well. Let it sit for at least two to three weeks for the secondary fermentation to take place before moving it to another keg.

Here at Ontario Beer Kegs, we have a wide variety of filters. Homebrewers can opt for one of our beer/water filtering kits or the carbon filter cartridge. We also have accessories for the filter system, which include funnels, filter housing, and air filters.