Potassium Sorbate - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Wine, Mead, Cider, Sake & Soda > Cider Forum > Potassium Sorbate

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 03-06-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
Runyanka
 
Runyanka's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Providence Village, Texas
Posts: 1,536
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts



I have 5 gallons of apfelwine done fermenting, I am wanting to backsweeten. I bought some potassium sorbate, but it doesn't say how much to add or how long I should wait, prior to back sweetening. Could someone help me out?
__________________
Diverse Haus Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 09:08 PM   #2
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 52,621
Liked 8689 Times on 6985 Posts


1/2 tsp. per gallon...

But I think you'll also need some campden tablets if you want to completely make sure fermentation won't restart when you backsweeten.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 09:11 PM   #3
ellicit
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
, UTAH
Posts: 85
Liked 10 Times on 3 Posts


Potassium sorbate is used as a preservative/yeast inhibitor, not a sweetener. If you use this all it will do is act as a preservative to prevent yeast from continuing so if you want to carbonate you must force carb it. To back sweeten use Lactose (non-fermentable sugar). Maybe start with 1 C per 5 gal and sample to see if it's where you want it to be, if not add more to your liking.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 09:20 PM   #4
Runyanka
 
Runyanka's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2008
Providence Village, Texas
Posts: 1,536
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts


I will not be using the sorbate as a sweetener, I want to inhibit future fermentation when I backsweeten. I will be kegging.

AZ_IPA... How many campden tablets would I add for 5 gallons to go along with the sorbate?

I also am new to backsweetening, I was thinking of making a simple syrup out of 1lb of dark brown sugar, and then siphoning ontop of that in the keg? what do you think, to sweet, not sweet enough?
__________________
Diverse Haus Brewery

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-06-2011, 09:31 PM   #5
AZ_IPA
PKU
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
AZ_IPA's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Jun 2008
The Cold Part of AZ
Posts: 52,621
Liked 8689 Times on 6985 Posts


most sources will tell ya 1 campden tablet per gallon...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 12:06 AM   #6
ellicit
Recipes 
 
Feb 2011
, UTAH
Posts: 85
Liked 10 Times on 3 Posts


1 lb. of brown sugar should do a fair job of adding some additional sweetness.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 03-07-2011, 12:08 AM   #7
GinKings
Recipes 
 
Apr 2008
Bridgewater, NJ
Posts: 582
Liked 15 Times on 15 Posts


It's hard to pick a specific amount to backsweeten. Especially not knowing your final gravity. I usually backsweeten to taste. A pound of sugar has 45 points of gravity. Add that to 5 gallons and your gravity goes up about 9 points (45 divided by 5 = 9).

I would add about 3/4 of your simple syrup. Taste it. If it needs more, add the rest of the simple syrup. Stir gently and taste. Add more if needed. I try to stay a little lower than what I'm aiming for. It's easy to add more to your keg later if needed, but you can't take it out if you add too much.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
how to use potassium sorbate? knotquiteawake Cider Forum 2 09-16-2010 12:21 PM
Potassium Sorbate Mike0716 Cider Forum 2 10-19-2008 09:06 PM
Potassium Sorbate Douglas1234 Cider Forum 8 03-20-2008 04:24 PM
Potassium sorbate roofman70 Cider Forum 21 11-29-2007 12:52 PM
Potassium sorbate mch2smw Cider Forum 9 11-10-2005 11:51 PM


Forum Jump