so I searched a bunch of stuff on the site and there were alot of hits and after reading like 30 threads that came up i figured id make a new one.
im making a 3 gallon batch of edworts apfelwein and a 1 gallon spiced test batch. i have already added the campden and sorbate to the 1 gallon as it has been almost 6 weeks since it was started. and i was thinking of bottling on Tuesday night but here it is Thursday and i haven't done it yet. the 3 gallon batch still has another week or so to go before I either keg or bottle it.
? #1 - when i add sorbate and campden should i boil like a 1/4 cup of water and dissolve in that and then add to secondary before racking into it to let sit before bottling?
? #2 - how long do i let it sit in secondary before bottling...how long is too long?
? #3 - i already put 1 campden and a 1/4 tsp of sorbate into my 1 gallon test batch on monday night thinking i would bottle the next night as i have heard is when you bottle. but today makes day 3...is this too long?
? #4 - will there be any airlock activity after adding campden and sorbate? mine still has a touch of activity when i move it around. is this just a touch of natural degassing? or did the campden and sorbate not do their job for some wacked out reason?
? #5 - Should i even bother with campden and sorbate for the 3 gallon batch if I am going to keg it?
thanks in advance