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Old 11-01-2009, 06:39 PM   #1
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Better safe than sorry, so I'm going to ask :>

I'm backsweetening a wine and per the instructions on the Brewcraft Potassium Sorbate, it says I use 3/4 tsp per gallon.

so, per my calculations I added 1 table spoons, and 3/4 tsp. (3/4 * 5), or 3.75 tsp, which is 1tbl + 3/4tsp

I added this and a crushed campden tablet to a bowl of hot water (I would guestimate about 2 cups worth of water).

Is this safe? When can I add the sugar?

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Old 11-01-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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Better safe than sorry, so I'm going to ask :>

I'm backsweetening a wine and per the instructions on the Brewcraft Potassium Sorbate, it says I use 3/4 tsp per gallon.

so, per my calculations I added 1 table spoons, and 3/4 tsp. (3/4 * 5), or 3.75 tsp, which is 1tbl + 3/4tsp

I added this and a crushed campden tablet to a bowl of hot water (I would guestimate about 2 cups worth of water).

Is this safe? When can I add the sugar?
That seems like an awful lot of sorbate. I've never used more than 1/2 tsp per gallon. If it tastes ok, then you'll be fine. I don't like the taste of sorbate, and I like my wines dry anyway, so I rarely use it. It's possible that your dosage is different than mine, so I don't mean to make you worry. It just seems like a lot. I use one crushed campden tablet per gallon- so you seem a bit light on the sulfite and high on the sorbate.

If you want to sweeten this batch, and it's already been racked, you should be ok to sweeten it in a week or two. You probably could do it sooner, but you really want to ensure that the yeast are unable to reproduce so you want to give it some time.
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Old 11-01-2009, 07:14 PM   #3
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Like Yoop, I use 1/4 teaspoon (roughly equal to 5 campden tabs) of k-meta per five gallons and 1/2 teaspoon per gallon of sorbate to stabilize a completed wine or mead prior to bottling and/or back sweetening. Sorbate has a sweetish flavor many people don't like so I take care to not use more than is necessary.

Here's a link to a post I made regarding preservatives, stabilizers, and sanitizers.

Give it a day or so and add the sugar.

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