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winemaker_3352

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After adding k-meta in the primary mix - do i need to add k-meta again when i rack to secondary?

Or just re-add k-meta every 3-4 months - or if adding sorbate to backsweeten?
 

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After adding k-meta in the primary mix - do i need to add k-meta again when i rack to secondary?
K-meta is added to the primary to stun any yeasts/bacteria in the initial must. Wine yeast is pitched a day later after much of that K-meta has dissipated.

Different folks, different processes. Many people transfer the wine to a secondary vessel (carboy) while the wine is still fermenting (say sg around 1.005). Do not add K-meta while the wine is still fermentng. While it may not cause problems, there is a chance that the added K-meta will cause a stuck ferment. Certainly, there is a good chance that the K-meta will slow down the ferment.

Once the ferement is finished, K-meta is added to help prevent oxidation. In a properly sealed vessel, this K-meta will not dissipate like that added to the primary.

if adding sorbate to backsweeten?
Sorbate is not a sweetener. Perhaps you meant "adding sorbate when sweetening".

Steve
 
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K-meta is added to the primary to stun any yeasts/bacteria in the initial must. Wine yeast is pitched a day later after much of that K-meta has dissipated.

Different folks, different processes. Many people transfer the wine to a secondary vessel (carboy) while the wine is still fermenting (say sg around 1.005). Do not add K-meta while the wine is still fermentng. While it may not cause problems, there is a chance that the added K-meta will cause a stuck ferment. Certainly, there is a good chance that the K-meta will slow down the ferment.

Once the ferement is finished, K-meta is added to help prevent oxidation. In a properly sealed vessel, this K-meta will not dissipate like that added to the primary.
Thanks - i knew it aided in the protection of the must and for oxidation - didn't know that it would slow down or possibly stop fermentation - thanks!!

Sorbate is not a sweetener. Perhaps you meant "adding sorbate when sweetening".

Steve
That is what i meant - thanks.
 

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