Originally Posted by yetijunk
Im sure I could figure out something to use as a filter. I have mesh for with .000001mm spaces for the purpose of micro-filtering..... thinking i could just use that! Good idea!
No, not really. You want to avoid any hint of oxygen, so generally the wine is filtered by one closed container to another via c02 to push it through. A .5 micron filter would strip out all of the yeast- but the trade off is that it also can strip out flavor. Most winemakers who filter don't do sterile filtration to remove all of the yeast; instead they filter a clear wine to make it brilliantly clear. A plate filter is sort of a pain, but they are effective if done correctly. A 'mini jet' filter has a pump so you don't need c02 but they are expensive. You also need new pads (at least two sets, coarse/medium and fine/sterile) for each filtering job.