Campden Tablets - Wine Stabiliser, Deoxidiser, Steriliser - Pack of 100 - HS
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Use Campden Tablets to: Subdue the natural yeasts that are present on fruit, vegetables & flowers; Stabilise a wine for bottling to help prevent infection and help kill off any remaining yeast; Prevent fruits and wines from oxidising helping maintain its colour.
Adding a campden tablet (contrary to popular belief) does not kill natural yeasts, it just subdues the natural yeasts, which allows you to add your own preferred yeast and control the fermentation to give you the best brew possible. This will give consistency, flavour and stability. The cultured yeast will do the hard work of converting the sugar to alcohol, while the wild yeasts do their thing in the background creating some interesting flavours.
Campden tablets react with oxygen and release a small amount of sulphur dioxide. This is heavier than air, so sits on top of your juice and helps prevent natural airborne yeasts and bacteria from starting your fermentation.
Removing that free oxygen, means it is a de-oxygenator, which will keep your brew looking its best too as it prevents oxygen from turning fruits brown helping keep their natural colours.
Once your wine (or cider) has finished fermenting, you can add Campden Tablets to help preserve the wine. At this stage, it again subdues the actions of the yeasts. This allows the alcohol in the wine or cider to kill the yeast cell.
Campden tablets are a measured amount of Sodium Metabisulphite that is perfect for 1 gallon (4.5 litres).
How to Use Campden Tablets:
To Subdue the Natural Yeasts: Stir in 1 crushed campden tablet for every gallon (4.5litres) of fruit juice. Leave for 24 hours and then add your cultured yeast.
To Help Prevent Infection When Bottling: You can add 1 crushed campden tablet for every gallon (4.5 litres) of wine / cider after it has fermented to keep it free from bacteria and oxidisation during the bottling and siphoning process.
They can also be used as a steriliser before you start the homebrew. You can use 5 crushed tablets in a pint of hot water. Coat all surfaces in the solution, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse with cold tap water.
These are not to be swallowed! Keep away from children. if ingested call a doctor.
Approx 100 tablets.