We are in the home stretch now. We have discussed inadequate equipment, cleaning & sanitizing, failure to follow instructions, bad water, poor yeast handling, and poor temperature control. Our next wine making mistake, adding sulfite or sorbate at the wrong time, may short discussion, but no less important.
Sulfite and Sorbate are the stabilizers in the wine making kit that work to inhibit yeast activity. Once you understand that this is the role they play in the process, it is easy to understand that if, by mistake, you add them too early your wine may not finish fermenting. If you add the Sorbate on day one, the yeast will never become active, and the kit will not ferment.
Moving on, we will tackle wine making mistake #8 – leaving out the sulfite.
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