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Old 04-29-2013, 03:13 AM   #1
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Hello, I just need a reality check after reading way too many differing opinions.

1) It seems that I can add both potassium sorbate and potassium metabisulfite at the same time to my mead to stabilize it prior to back sweetening. Is this correct?
2) Also how long should I wait to back sweeten after stabilizing? I have seen anywhere from 24 hours to 4 days.
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Old 04-29-2013, 03:47 AM   #2
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1) yes. Add both at the same time.

2) if you have aged the mead well and it is crystal clear so as to have as little amount of yeast in it as possible. You can back sweeten shortly after adding the sulfites and sorbate. I have back sweetened in as soon as an hour from stabilizing with no real fermentation picking up.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:12 AM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. It is currently crystal clear and about 3 months old. It finished really dry and sour. I think a tiny bit of sweetness will work well in it.
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:49 AM   #4
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Some just give it a day or so after stabilising just as a little insurance to allow the chems to do their thing.

What you may find, is that sometimes back sweetening will cause a haze (protein I believe). Which is why I routinely finish a ferment, stabilise, back sweeten to about 1.010 and then sort it for clearing/ageing.

I like my meads at about that gravity anyway and its a PITA to have to clear a batch twice if it does haze up after sweetening. .........
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