Sodium Metabisulphite is a stable
source of sulphur dioxide in winemaking.
Use: For wine: 1/8 teaspoon (1
gram) of powder per gallon of wine provides 150 ppm free SO2. A
little bit goes a long way, so be careful!!
Generally speaking, the target
free SO2 for red wines is only 20-30 ppm and 25-40 ppm for white
wines. It is best to mix the powder in some water, and then add the
appropriate amount of this solution to the wine. For instance, for
a 5 gallon batch, mix 5/8 tsp into a quart (32 oz) of water, then
add only about 6 oz of this solution to the wine. This will provide
about 28 ppm free SO2.
This chemical can ALSO be used in
a water solution as an antiseptic rinse to sanitize equipment. To
use in this way: Dissolve 1 to 2 oz. (2 to 4 tablespoons) powder in
one gallon of water. It is best to rinse with plain water after
5/17/2010 – what is your phone number?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We can be reached at (425) 355-8865Our toll free order number is (800) 850-2739
1/26/2008 – I live about an hour (if traffic is good) from the address on your website. Do you have an actual store or is everything here based solely online?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, we have an actual brick-and-mortar store in Everett, WA. People actually walk in and buy stuff!Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204Heck, you can actually call us on the phone, too! It's 425-355-8865. A person will actually answer as long as it's business hours!
6/18/2007 – Can I use this as a pre rinse for drying Fresh Fruit?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, it is commonly used for that purpose.
11/5/2006 – I live in Seattle, can I come and pick up the bottles in Everett? Do you have a "brick and mortar" store?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You sure can. It is literally made of bricks and mortar, in South Everett. Our address is:Homebrew Heaven9121 Evergreen WayEverett, WA 98204425-355-8865Hours are 10am-6:30pm Monday-Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdaysand 10am-3pm on Sundays
10/22/2006 – How do you use this product? How much of the product in how much water?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It depends on how/why you are using it.Sodium bisulphite is a stable source of sulphur dioxide in winemaking. It is added to wine to inhibit bacteria and yeast growth, as well as slow down oxidation. It can also be used to sanitize equipment.For Use in Bottling Wine: 1/8 teaspoon (1 gram) of powder per gallon of wine provides 150 ppm . . .
8/18/2006 – If the soda ash cleans the barrel, what is the best sanitizing product to use on a barrel? The iodine sanitizer?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Sanitizing your barrelUse this procedure to sanitize your barrel before filling it with wine.Fill barrel half-way with cold water.Add 2.5 grams of sodium bisulfite for every litre of the barrel’s total volume (0.4 oz./Imp. gal.).Add 1.25 grams of citric acid for every litre of the barrel’s total volume (0.2 oz./Imp. gal).Bung . . .
4/7/2006 – I am currently brewing a 5 gallon batch of of raspberry wine. It is getting close to bottling time and it is quite dry. Specific gravity is about .988 I was looking to sweeten it back up. Do i have to use potassium sorbate to stabilize it first? Do i have to wait for the stabilizer to work before i add sweetener? What can i use to sweeten . . .
Response From Homebrew Heaven: We recommend using our Wine Conditioner to re-sweeten wines. It contains potassium sorbate as well. That, and a small dose of sulfite will stabilize your wine so that you can bottle immediately.
1/25/2006 – Is this the same product (sodium bisulfite) used in dehydrating fruits and meats? If so, what sizes do you sell?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes it is. We sell 16 oz (1 lb) bags.
7/3/2005 – how do i get sulfite?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: You buy it. We have it in several forms in our Wine Additives category. It goes by potassium bisulfite, sodium bifulite, metabisufite, and campden tablets.
2/28/2005 – Why don't you recommend boiling corks? What is wrong with boiling corks?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: It breaks down the corks uneceearily. If you want to sanitize them, use sulfite or iodophor.
11/30/2004 – How much should I stir the Bentonite when I add it to the wine. The same question with Super-Kleer, it says to stir gently. Does that mean to just stir it into the top layer or though-out the 5 gals?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: With the bentonite and the Super-Kleer, there is no harm in doing a good, thorough mixing, as long as you don't whip it into a foam. The crud you stir up will re-settle soon after. Some people even use a motorized stirring paddle (similar to a paint mixer) to ensure a consistant mix. This also helps to drive off any dissolved air from your . . .
11/30/2003 – Can campden tablets be used to sterilize bottles and corks prior to bottling wine. If so, how many tabs in how much water. Hot water? Cold water? Just rinse?
Response From Homebrew Heaven: Yes, they can, but you might find the powdered version of sodium bisulfite or potassium bisulfite more convenient. They mix easily with water.Water temperature makes little difference. For sterilizing bottles and corks, use 2 tablets per gallon of water, and swish the solution around a bit, then rinse with fresh water.
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