- Sep 7, 2011
So today I finally received my pound of potassium sorbate in the mail and got to adding it to my large traditional batch with campden tablets as well to stabilize. I didn't take a final gravity reading but two weeks ago the gravity was .994 and had dropped from .996 in two days. Fermentation appeared to have stopped by now so I tossed in 1 1/2 tps Sorbate and 5 campden tablets to ~6 gallons of traditional O.B. that I plan to backsweeten up to the 1.002-1.006 range. First question, How long should I wait for the SO2 to dissipate? (I never sulfite) and second, will the sorbate be denatured if I dissolved it in pretty warm, almost hot, water? I plan to wait at least a few days, add my honey diluted with water to backsweeten, take a gravity reading, and wait a week or so to see if there's any drop? This will be my first ever backsweetening using chemicals and I'm a little dubious to say the least, taking into consideration the size of the batch.