Quantcast

Adding more sulphite

Wine Making Talk

Help Support Wine Making Talk:

kuziwk

Senior Member
Joined
Dec 12, 2017
Messages
482
Reaction score
103
Hi guys,

Have a general question. When i make my kits i add in the sulphites for stabalizing and clearing as per the kit. After clearing for a few weeks im planning on filtering into a carboy than aging while adding another 1/4 tsp of sulphite since im sure filtering gets rid of some sulphite. If i bulk age this on oak for two months before bottling should i add another 1/4 tsp of sulphite prior to bottling or do you think i have plenty in there.

Im sure the wine will be fine as far as spoilage but im more cocerned about oxygen taking some of the character from the wine.


Or i can bulk age for 2 months and add more sulphite, than filter and bottle directly after. In this would i have to add more sulphite prior to bottling if its going to be sitting in the bottle for a good 6 months or a year?
 
Last edited:

salcoco

Veteran Wine Maker
WMT Supporter
Joined
Jan 1, 2007
Messages
2,919
Reaction score
1,221
Location
Kansas
add sulphite minimum every three months
 

NorCal

Super Moderator
Super Moderator
Joined
Apr 17, 2014
Messages
3,264
Reaction score
3,540
Location
Sierra Foothills, Nor Cal
Sulfites won’t clear your wine, nor will filtering remove sulfites. I think you are safe with adding at then end of fermentation/ first racking. Then every 3 months as @salcoco said. If you are going to bottle prior to 3 months, I would do one additional add a day or more before you bottle. The amount of exposure if racked with proper procedures (under vacuum or from the bottom up) is minimal and you won’t see and degradation of your wine. The benefit from waiting 6-12 months in bulk is that it will minimize sediment in the bottle. Even if you filter it young, there may be changes going on in the wine that could result in sediment.
 
Last edited:
Top