Originally Posted by Joan
My Riesling is a week ahead of your's, Wade. I racked yesterday.
Here's a question for George and the sparkling winemakers.
The Riesling kit comes with a Susse Reserve pack. Does anyone know exactly what's in it and can I use it when I add the champagne yeast instead of the sugar water?
Joan I confirm my thoughts regarding the components of the Süss-reserve pack with Winexpert so now we all know.
Do all the F-packs in WE kits including the Süss-reserve in the Washington Columbia Valley Riesling - Estate Series contain sorbate, K-meta, and sodium benzoate? Thanks Scott
Yes, the f-packs and suisse reserve packs do contain potassium sorbate, potassium metabisulphite andsodium benzoate.
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<DIV align=left>I posted this the other day under a thread talking about using the a portion of the F-Packfrom the Island Mist kits in the make-up.
<DIV align=left>"Just to help clarify a few things (mainly for new wine makers) regarding adding a portion of the F-pack to the juice in the initial make-up. Even though it is done successfully by people you should be aware of the risk of having a fermentation that will not start. This reason for this is the F-Pack not only contains sugar and flavoring it also contains sorbate, sulfite, and a measure of sodium benzoate.
Sodium Benzoate: As a food additiveit is used as a preservative effectively killing most yeasts, bacteria and fungi. Sodium benzoate is effective only in acidic conditions (pH < 3.6) My guess would be that this is added to the mist kits due to the lower alcohol content.
But bottom line it is your kit and you certainly can do as you wish but the warranty could be at risk if you don't follow the instructions."