Quantcast

Sodium metabisulfite vs potassium metabisulfite

Wine Making Talk

Help Support Wine Making Talk:

Ole

Junior
Joined
Dec 21, 2018
Messages
11
Reaction score
0
Sodium metabisulfite and potassium metabisulfite. When do you use the first and when do you use the other? Are they interchangeable?
 

Johnd

Senior Member
WMT Supporter
Joined
Jun 10, 2015
Messages
6,654
Reaction score
6,616
Location
South Louisiana
Sodium metabisulfite and potassium metabisulfite. When do you use the first and when do you use the other? Are they interchangeable?
They’re not interchangeable. Either will work just fine for your sanitation needs, but they are not equals when it comes to sulfiting your wine. The Na form is reported to give your wine an off taste, even at the low levels used in winemaking. The K form should be your choice to use as an additive to your wine. I use strictly the KMS and figure why even keep the sodium around, just potential for a mistake to occur.
 

PhilDarby

Member
Joined
Nov 13, 2012
Messages
163
Reaction score
40
potasium metabisulphate is the best to use period, sodium metabisulphate can produce salt as a by product, which is something you dont want, I am in the uk, but, I believe / suspect us legislation favours potasium over sodium, at least as far as I am aware.
 
Top