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    Default This thing about Campden tablets...

    I've searched the forum...really I have...but I'm non the wiser:

    I understand you use a Campden tablet just prior to bottling to stop fermentation occuring {in the bottle}.

    But do I really need to add a Campden tablet to a bucketful of elderberries if I've poured boiling water over them and leave to steep for a few days?

    Are wild yeasts going to flourish? What's the problem? I don't hear of Campden tablets being used in other raw food preparations.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crosbie View Post
    do I really need to add a Campden tablet to a bucketful of elderberries if I've poured boiling water over them
    I don't think so. I posed the same question last year and the consensus was that boiling or freezing the fruit is just as good, if not better, than sterilising it with Campden
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    Cheers Two Sheds. That's what I wanted to hear!

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    Just so you know, campden tablets don't stop fermentation. You need to be sure that ferment has well and truly stopped before you bottle.
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    I've never used campden tablets, but have often wondered exactly what they were, so for those of you who may be interested, here's the Wikipedia explanation Campden tablets - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    from Rusty's link: "Campden tablets are ...used towards the end of the fermentation process to halt the ferment"
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    They are a tablet version of the powder you can buy for sterilising wine equipment - sodium metabisulphite. They can cause skin irritation if the hands are in contact with the liquid you make up to sterilise your stuff so I only use the powder for cleaning glassware etc and never add a tablet to the wine. I can taste it if I do. I prefer to keep the wine in the demijohn a bit longer till I'm sure it's fermented out.
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    Campden tablets do not kill yeast therefore they will not stop fermentation. They stun the wild yeasts and allow your bought yeast to take hold (hence the wait before adding yeast or the camplden will stun that too). They are used in fermented wine to stabilise and reduce the chance of bacteria causing oxidisation of the wine.
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