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Old 03-19-2013, 04:19 PM   #1
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Default Campden tablet flavor in cider. - how long to dissipate?

I added 4 tabs/5 gallons to my cider, 48 hrs before pitching. It has been 4 months and the smell/taste of the campden is still very strong. How long does this take to dissipate? Is there any way to speed it up?

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Old 03-19-2013, 04:22 PM   #2
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After 4-5 months I would have thought it to be gone. Can you describe the smell? Perhaps it's something different that we can help identify.

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Old 03-19-2013, 06:40 PM   #3
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smell is medicinal/salty. I licked a campden tab and the taste is the same. Taste/smell is dissipating very slowly. I'm just wondering how long it usually takes? Cider is in an airlocked carboy.

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I would also think it would be gone, but that level of sulfites takes about 6 months to dissapate. Maybe you are sensative to sulfites?

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I would also think it would be gone, but that level of sulfites takes about 6 months to dissapate. Maybe you are sensative to sulfites?
Maybe but I don't taste sulfites in professionally made wine...
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I really hope it dissipates.. I hand milled and pressed 32 gallons of the stuff... I don't think i'll be using Campden again. I'll just make sure everything is sterile and take my chances...

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I added 4 tabs/5 gallons to my cider, 48 hrs before pitching. It has been 4 months and the smell/taste of the campden is still very strong. How long does this take to dissipate? Is there any way to speed it up?

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You meant 4 tabs total right? Not 20 tabs? 20 tabs would be VERY noticable as a taste.
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You meant 4 tabs total right? Not 20 tabs? 20 tabs would be VERY noticable as a taste.
Yes. 4 tabs total in 5 gallons. Actually The two larger carboys are 6 gallons. They also got 4 tabs per carboy.
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Does temperature slow down dissipation? Cider has been in the mid 50Fs for much of it's life..

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