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Old 02-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #1
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Hello, have simple question. Does sodium citrate inhibit yeast? I know from making bread, that salt will keep the 'beasties' under control. Will this stuff do the same to the yeast in my wine? Thanks.

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Old 03-03-2013, 07:33 PM   #2
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Negative. When you get get potassium sorbate or sodium sorbate it's the sorbate that stops the yeast, not the "salt" (potassium or sodium). Citrate will impart an acidic bite similar to that of a lemon or orange. Citrus... citrate...

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Sodium citrate is also known as citric acid....MSDS here: http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&sourc...mJ633nvzWCbOhA

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Thanks...I used some CHEAP Blueberry Cocktail as a filler and it was very slow in starting. I used Lalvin EC1118, which I never used before. It was a really slow start, and I was wondering if the sodium citrate was the culprit. Normally, I use Premier Cuvee or Champagne yeast, and I never have any problems.

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Unlikely. I use bottled juices and concentrates that use citric acid as a preservative all the time and don't have any troubles.

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Thanks, I was trying to save money by buying the OceanSpray BlueBerry Cocktail. Usually I buy Northland. I don't think I will be using it again. I know better. I can hardly wait for blueberry season. These wines are OK but so much inferior to the fresh produce ones. HURRY UP SPRING & SUMMER!!!

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