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Ken2029
09-26-2016, 10:23 PM
Added 5 Campden tablets to what used to be a 5 gallon batch. Too late, I realized that it is now just a 4 gallon batch due to racking losses. Is this harmfully excessive?

Squatchy
09-26-2016, 10:33 PM
No, You should be fine. It will become less concentraited over time. You might want to consider moving away from Campden tablets over to potassium metabisulfite. It does the same thing without leaving behind a salty profile.

Ken2029
09-26-2016, 10:57 PM
Forgot to ask: 24 hours later, I have added 1 teaspoon of potassium sorbate. How long can I leave it in bulk aging before I bottle?

Ken2029
09-26-2016, 10:58 PM
Thanks, by the way!!!

Squatchy
09-26-2016, 11:15 PM
Well. I usually wait about a year in bulk before I bottle but I have so many carboys I'm not needing to move on because I need an empty carboy. A larger vessel is less affected by temp changes and such. I think if you age in bulk, the longer it's in bulk the more cohesive the bottled mead will be at the end of the day. If your not planning on back sweeten you could bottle as soon as it is clear. I see so many pics of dirty bottled meads and wonder why the hurry. It taste so much better when it's clear than it does when tons of crap is still floating in suspension.

Ken2029
09-27-2016, 06:01 AM
It's crystal clear now and tastes pretty good. If I leave it in bulk another month or two, will I need to re-sulfite?

Squatchy
09-27-2016, 09:12 AM
No. Not if you keep it sealed.

Before you bottle you will want to check your pH and then add one last time based on your test results.

Swordnut
09-27-2016, 10:26 AM
You'd be surprised by how much stuff still drops out of a crystal clear mead over time.

Ken2029
09-27-2016, 10:41 AM
No. Not if you keep it sealed.

Before you bottle you will want to check your pH and then add one last time based on your test results.

Add what? Sulfites? Acid mix?

Squatchy
09-27-2016, 12:04 PM
Sulfites,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Ken2029
09-27-2016, 02:05 PM
Got it. Thanks again!