Sorbate & K-meta combined

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  1. Jun 19, 2019 #1

    tjgaul

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    I saw this quote in another thread.
    I just started 2 Eclipse kits (Stags Leap Merlot & Sonoma Pinot Noir). They also came with a combined Sorbate and Sulphite package. Are the manufacturers trying to make things simpler or is there some concern with all of the experienced home winemakers omitting the sorbate when making a fully dry wine?

    I don't see the benefit in combining the 2 ingredients as it limits your ability to exert more control over the end product. BTW . . . if anyone needs sorbate I probably have 10-15 unopened packets (ha).

    Anyone seeing this trend among other kit makers?
     

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    it reduces cost of product, , maybe by 25 cents
     
  3. Jun 19, 2019 #3

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    I think this is specific to Winexpert only at the moment. I just did an RJS and they were separate
     
  4. Jun 20, 2019 #4

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    Can you describe the package or, better yet, take a picture and post it?
     
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    It’s about double the size of the normal white packets you get and says “sulfite / sorbate” on it. The one in the Barbaresco kit was 9g I believe.
     
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    That’s good to know. I have noticed a change in the packets that simply say “sulfite” now. I guess that’s Kmeta still.
     
  7. Jun 23, 2019 #7

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    Here's the new packet compared to a standard 2 pack kit. The SL Merlot had the new single packet while the PN had the usual.
     

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    What does sorbate do that kmeta does not do? I thought both would kill any yeast or other microbes.
     
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    Kmeta is an anti-oxidant and anti-microbial, though it should be understood that it doesn't kill everything. Potassium sorbate is used to prevent yeast from reproducing, it too doesn't actually kill anything, viable yeast will continue to ferment. My opinion is that kit manufacturers include sorbate to reduce the liability associated with exploding bottles.
     
  10. Jun 23, 2019 #10

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    Thanks!
     

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