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What is the different between Pectic enzyme or bentonite?? I tried to look it up on the web but didn't undertsand what I was reading..!!~ :confused:
 

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Pectic enzyme is a natural substance that helps to break down the fruit which in turn releases more of the fruit flavors. This is also something added when making jellies and preserves.

Bentonite is a type of clay which is mined and it's used as a fining agent in the wine making process. Bentonite is also used extensively in the petroleum exploration industry.
 

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Bentonite is a clearing(fining) agent and pectic enzyme is an agent to break down the cellular structure of fruit nad help extract more juices and color from a fruit and reduces the hazes caused by excess pectin so it is also a clarifier.
 

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What is the different between Pectic enzyme or bentonite?? I tried to look it up on the web but didn't undertsand what I was reading..!!~ :confused:
Bentonite is a form of clay that is used to clear the wine of particles in suspension that cause a haze. It is used mostly in white wines.
When making wine from pure juice (like grocery bought juice) you can add some bentonite to the juice. The bentonite will then act as a vessel for the yeast to lift on in their yourney through the must.
It helps fermentation by spreading the yeast better throughout the whole must.
But besides that it is just an aid in clearing a wine.

Pectic enzymes are a natural product that break down the pectics in a juice. Now pectic is what makes a jam or jelly thick. We do not want that. We want a juice. So the enzyme will break down the pectic and fruit cells. That way more juice is freed, just what we need for winemaking.

I did some tests with pectic enzymes on my web-log describing with photos exactly what it does and when it does it.
You can find these tutorials here:

http://wijnmaker.blogspot.com/2008/02/het-belang-van-pecto-enzymen-need-for.html

and here:

http://wijnmaker.blogspot.com/2008/01/avonturen-op-het-pecto-pad-deel-2.html

You can find a practical example in my story about the most effcient ways to juice apples:

http://wijnmaker.blogspot.com/2008/09/appeltje-voor-de-dorst-apple-day.html

Hope this helps.
Luc
 

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