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Old 08-27-2006, 09:48 PM   #1
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In a wine recipe, 1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 crushed Campden tablet how important are these two ingredients really?

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Old 08-27-2006, 10:06 PM   #2
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I'm not a wine guy at all but IIRC the pectic enzyme will help reduce your chill haze in the wine you will get from high pectin fruits. The Campden tablet will also kill off all the yeast for you when you reach you chosen FG and let you maintain your selected level of dryness . . . I guess it would also help you keep from brewing a "sparkling wine" since you wont have any live yeast in it after bottling.

I would say important ennuff to NOT leave out

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Old 08-27-2006, 10:09 PM   #3
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Pectic enzyme is optional- it reduces pectin haze so you get a clearer product. I use it in fruit wines all the time. Campden tablets are necessary- they sanitize your must, killing undesirable yeasts and bacteria. This is very important if your must isn't boiled, just made from fruit.

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You need campden to give the wine yeast the best head start and prevent oxygenation. Put in a crushed tab per gallon 24 hr. before pitching your yeast and another every other racking as a rule of thumb. Campden tabs don't hurt your wine yeast but they slow everything else down. Don't add the pectic enzyme at the same time as the campden... not sure why on that one, something about the sulfide gasses interfering. Try 12 hrs before you pitch your yeast to give you something to do.

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In a wine recipe, 1 tsp pectic enzyme
1 crushed Campden tablet how important are these two ingredients really?
Wouldn't this question be better asked over on one of the Wine boards?
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Old 08-30-2006, 02:25 PM   #6
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Wouldn't this question be better asked over on one of the Wine boards?
... and by someone who can legally possess and consume alcohol??? If I recall, Munzter says he's almost old enough to vote. So he's 17 years old?
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