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Vinoman

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I just started a new high end RJS Cabernet kit. After secondary fermentation and degassing you are supposed to add Metabisulfate and Potassium Sorbate. Since it is a dry wine, can I leave out the Potassium Sorbate?
 

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You sure can. No need to add sorbate unless you back sweetening.
 

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Thank you...out it is. I'm hoping for my best tasting wine so far. I appreciate the quick response.
 

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Just make sure that the wine is fully dry. Your S.G. should be below 1.000. If you were to mistake a stuck ferment for a finished wine, you could have a ferment take off in the bottle later on.
 

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For a dry red lower than .960 sg is my preference. I also leave out the the chitosan and let time do the work.
 

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Also agree. I would drop the sorbate, then consider MLF.
 

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I very, very rarely use sorbate in my wines and only on the very, very rare occasions that I intend to sweeten the wine. In making a red, such as a Cabernet Sauvignon, I throw away the sorbate with the packaging.
 

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Don't consider Mlf, this is a kit. Not from grapes. But leaving it the sorbate is fine.

My bad. Mason is right. MLF was a big no-no when using sorbate, but I forgot that this was a kit and the malic content is different than that of fresh grapes.
 

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