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von-block 08-01-2011 03:11 PM

k-meta ruined my hard lemonade ??
Hello, I just made a 3 gallons batch of hard lemonade from yooper.

Everything was perfect, it tasted very good and the SWMBO for the first time like the alcohol I made. When the Og was at 1.030 I tried to stop the fermentation by putting it in a refrigerator.

I also have the idea to put K-meta in it, I saw that for 5 gallons batch you need to put 1/4 ts. I still don't have a campdem tablet so I put the Meta using my brain logic and eyes.

One day later it is horrible, the good lemonade now smell sulphur a lot and taste it too.

My question is, do I have ruined my lemonade forever or is the smell going to stop. I read that usually this sulphur smell go away, but how should I do that, do I need to poor the lemonade in a bucket to aerate it (Now the lemonade is in 3 one gallon plastic bottle) ??

Any advise.


WIP 08-01-2011 04:48 PM

Does it smell like farts? If so, the K-meta is not the problem. That is caused by stressed out yeast.

von-block 08-01-2011 04:58 PM


Originally Posted by WIP (Post 3134195)
Does it smell like farts? If so, the K-meta is not the problem. That is caused by stressed out yeast.

It smell like sulphur.

I am quite sure it's the K-meta because I have another gallon without it and it taste good (They go through the same step exept for the metabisulfite at the end)

WIP 08-01-2011 05:25 PM

Let it evaporate off.

malkore 08-01-2011 10:42 PM

agreed, the sulfite will vent out.

but, good luck "stopping" fermentation with a bit of cold and a dash of k-meta. even sorbating won't 100% prevent renewed fermentation.

Yooper 08-01-2011 10:50 PM

Like the others said, let it sit and vent out to get rid of the sulfur. And just remember, don't do that anymore! You can try getting a long sanitized stainless spoon or dowel and stirring up the lemonade- that will help disipate the sulfur smell.

Campden doesn't kill yeast, and that's why winemakers use it. It's a preservative and antioxidant, and wine yeast is very tolerant of sulfites. In order to add enough to kill the yeast, you'd have to render the wine/hard lemonade completely undrinkable with sulfur flavor/smell.

von-block 08-02-2011 10:38 PM

Thank everyone, after 24 hours the smell is already better, and it almost no longueur taste bad.

@ Yooper

Yeah I know, I will never do that again, it's just that, for that lemonade I didn't want to bottle it, so I thought if a put some K-meta in it, the fermentation will slow down and I would be able to drink the 3 gallons in 1-2 month with a taste of real sugar.

Anyway Thank, next time I will bottle my stuff.

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