Campden Tablets Sodium Metabisulfite 2 OZ
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Sodium Metabisulfite (SMS) prevents wild yeast, bacteria growth, and oxidation in your wine.
Sodium Metabisulfite also works well as a sanitizer for your winemaking equipment.
Sodium Metabisulfite, (often referred to as SO2, sulfites meta, or meta-bi) has several uses in winemaking.
It is used at the crush, to help control the spoilage bacteria and indigenous yeast that may already be present on the fruit or the equipment.
The amount used is enough to stop most of the unwanted organisms but not enough to hinder a cultured yeast, which has a higher tolerance to sulfites.
This effectively “wipes the slate clean” for the cultured yeast to step in and rapidly colonize the must.
Sulfites also help to inhibit the enzymatic browning of musts and finished wines.
During storage and in the bottle, sulfites at the proper levels will protect a wine by continuing to inhibit spoilage organisms, as well as by scavenging oxygen.
Campden tablets are Sodium Metabisulfite in an easier to measure format.
Adds 75 ppm of sulfites at the rate of one tablet per gallon.
These must be fully ground-up prior to use.
Potassium Meta-bi in powder form, AD495 or AD500, is much easier to use if you have a scale and does not add sodium to your wine.
It is possible the sodium could contribute a very small salty flavor.
Especially when making white wine it is preferable to add potassium over sodium since added potassium can later help with cold stabilization.
Sodium metabisulfite Campden tablets are an excellent way to remove chloramine from tap water prior for brewing.
Simply crush up one Campden tablet, drop it in your brewing water prior to adding anything else, and proceed as normal!
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