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Old 12-20-2012, 04:21 PM   #1
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Hey, all.

So, I put together a batch of Skeeter Pee and last night, racked, degassed and sterilized it so that it can sit to clear. (I don't plan to use a fining agent. I'll just let it sit in the carboy). I used 7 campden tablets since the recipe called for 1/2 tsp of kmeta (and I read that 3.5 tablets = 1/4 tsp) and 2.5 tsp of sorbate.

I gave it a taste without sweetening. It tasted so bad, but didn't smell too bad... Was that just the sterilants that made it taste sort of funky? I presume that will go away while it clears?

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Old 12-20-2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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Hey, all.

So, I put together a batch of Skeeter Pee and last night, racked, degassed and sterilized it so that it can sit to clear. (I don't plan to use a fining agent. I'll just let it sit in the carboy). I used 7 campden tablets since the recipe called for 1/2 tsp of kmeta (and I read that 3.5 tablets = 1/4 tsp) and 2.5 tsp of sorbate.

I gave it a taste without sweetening. It tasted so bad, but didn't smell too bad... Was that just the sterilants that made it taste sort of funky? I presume that will go away while it clears?
What is your batch size? A presume its at least 5 gallons? If that's the case? I would have used 5 tablets.
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Old 12-20-2012, 11:28 PM   #3
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I bet if you sweeten it a bit it would be better. The stuff is on the sour side if not. I doubt the extra two tabs would make that much difference but five would be the correct dose. Mike

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I bet if you sweeten it a bit it would be better. The stuff is on the sour side if not. I doubt the extra two tabs would make that much difference but five would be the correct dose. Mike
I've always heard it was one tablet per gallon, correct? Thanks,
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I thought that is what I said. 5 gal ..5 tabs.. one per gal. Mike

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I've never used campden tablets but I've heard you cab taste them in it if you try it right after adding them. Again, just going off other feedback.

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Thank you all for the input and information! I'll keep tablet ratio in mind from now on, and hope that the taste fades.

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You're probably tasting the Camden tablets yet. My batch is now ~6 months old and is phenomenal, it started to get really good at about 3 months. I'd just sit back and relax on this one. Back-sweetening really helps give this wine some body and needed sweetness.

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