- Nov 5, 2006
- Reaction score
- Raleigh, NC, USA
David (@Rice_Guy) bottles 9+ month old wines without sorbate and has no problems. I tried it last March with a 13+month old wine, and I had a re-ferment in the bottle. At this time I have no idea why it didn't work for me, as I had no active fermentations since last November and the wine was well over a year old. For that reason, I'm still using sorbate in wines that I backsweeten.Do I also need to add potassium sorbate?
Kits all include sorbate as a preventative to keep novice winemakers from making 2+ cases of mini-volcanoes, since some folks don't use a hydrometer and/or do not follow the instruction. If a wine is bone dry, sorbate is unnecessary.