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  1. Elizajean

    Elizajean Gaining experience one carboy at a time.... Supporting Member

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    WE Eclipse SB step 4 instructions, racking and clarifying, say to add metabisulphite if you age wine more than six months. Do they mean if bulk aging, or does this mean total aging which includes in the bottles? These wines will spend years in the bottles, after the one month clarification. So, I'm not sure whether to add the meta or not. See upside photo of instruction. Thank you for your advice!
     

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  2. cmason1957

    cmason1957 Member Supporting Member

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    I believe they are talking about bulk aging time. Once your wine is under a cork, the drop-off rate of metabisulphite allows drastically.

    As a side note, bulk aging of these kits is almost always a good idea over bottle aging.
     
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  3. Julie

    Julie Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I decided to check out these pics that are just way to big! I re-sized it to a 448 x 336 px using Microsoft Picture manager. Sorry I forgot to flip it.
     
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  4. salcoco

    salcoco Veteran Wine Maker Supporting Member

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    Normally k-meta is added at the three day racking point. then every three months there after during bulk aging.
     
  5. Elizajean

    Elizajean Gaining experience one carboy at a time.... Supporting Member

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    Thank you, so if not bulk aging (though highly recommended) there is no need to add additional k-meta for bottling even though bottles will age for years?
     
  6. bkisel

    bkisel Junior Member

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    Though it doesn't say "bulk" age I've always interpreted the instruction as meaning bulk aging.
     
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  7. ehammonds

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    If it’s been a month since your wine had a dose, and you are bottling the wine with the intent to age for a long time, adding an 1/8 tsp dose won’t hurt. This amount will still be far below commercial wines.
     
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  8. salcoco

    salcoco Veteran Wine Maker Supporting Member

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    I would add 1/4 tsp per five gallons if it has been more than a month and prior to bottling
     
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