Filtering Using an Orlon Bag or Sheet with Pre-filter Liners
When using an Orlon Sheet or Bag always remember that the gentler you are with the bag or sheet the longer
it will last and the better job it will do.
Place your orlon bag or sheet over a pail or pan that you would like to filter your syrup into. Then place one or two liners in orlon bag or on the orlon sheet and follow these guidelines.
Never wash with Soap - It will flavor your syrup.
Never twist to ring out your orlon or unduly pull or stretch the material. This will make the material rupture and thus do a poor job of filtering.
Always make sure your syrup is hot, 180 degrees or more. Cold syrup will just sit in the filter and not
Always Wash with hot water or hot sap (NO SOAP). You may turn the Orlon Bag inside out to wash the inside, but be gentle.
Using the orlon when slightly damp will help your unfiltered syrup to strain through the orlon.
Use the Pre-filters either in the orlon bag or on the sheet. The Pre-filter will take out the larger particles and make filtering a little easier.
|Be patient:||Orlon will do a nice job, but it takes time.|
Some syrup will filter much better than other syrup. You may have a hard time with your syrup one year and the next year it will go though more easily.
If you are noticing more sediment in your containers than you used to after filtering, it may be time for a new orlon.
Remember orlon is not perfect and will not always do a crystal clear job like a filter press. However, it works well for smaller producers.
Orlon will last a few years if properly taken care of. The pre-filters will only last for a few washings if they are washed carefully. It is a good idea to have extra pre-filters on hand.