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Old 01-13-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
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Default What to avoid when buying juice?

When buying concentrate or juice to make wine, what kind of preservatives or ingredients on the label should I avoid? From my understanding, ascorbic acid is ok, anything else? Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-14-2011, 02:35 AM   #2
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Stay away from anything that says sorbate, I think normally it's potassium sorbate, which is what you'll use in winemaking to stabilize wine late in the cycle.

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Old 01-14-2011, 02:50 AM   #3
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i do this a lot, and hophead is correct. if you see potassium sorbate, it's the main preservative and will prevent fermentation (which is what it's supposed to do). ascorbic acid is vitamin c, and is fine. i tend to use Great Value brand (wal mart's juice) as they don't use preservatives, and to me, it's just as good as the more expensive welch's, mott's, etc

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Old 01-14-2011, 10:13 PM   #4
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I know I haven't had a problem with any of the frozen concentrated juices by Old Orchard- they have tons of different flavors and so far no preservatives other than vitamin C.
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Stay away from sodium benzoate, also!

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Is potassium metabisulfate ok? I found a flavor the swmbo would die for and it looks good to go except that ingredient

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Is potassium metabisulfate ok? I found a flavor the swmbo would die for and it looks good to go except that ingredient
It's fine but put it in the primary for 24 hours before pitching yeast.
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It's fine but put it in the primary for 24 hours before pitching yeast.
So I just mix up my wine batch with the potassium metabisulfate juice concentrate, sit for 24 hours, then pitch? Thanks for the info.
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