Christmas deliveries and hours: Last day to order to get your deliveries by Christmas for urban areas: North Island-Thurs 21st, South Island-Wed 20th. Rural can take severa days longer. Note these dates are aligned with delivery targets and are not guarantees.
We will be open over the Christmas break, but freight providers do not work on statutory holidays, so no deliveries will take place on statutory holidays. We may not despatch orders containing yeast immediately to avoid yeast sitting on the network over a weekend or long weekend.
We will be answering support queries over the Christmas period within the 24 hour service standard. However it may take longer than usual.
Hot weather and delivery timeframes: With this very hot weather we are experiencing we may avoid sending items containing yeast over a weekend. If relevant please include delivery instructions which avoid leaving orders including yeast sitting in the sun. Thanks for your understanding.
Merry Christmas! Thanks for your business in 2017 and here's to a wonderful 2018.
Potassium Metabisulphite For Home Winemaking
Also referred to as sulphite or PMS.
Use instead of campden tablets or sodium metabisulphite (Sodium metabisulphite is banned in some countries for use in commercial winemaking) for sterlising must (fruit mixture you are turning in to wine) and (glass or plastic or fabric) equipment.
If your recipe says use campden tablets, substitute 5ml of 10% solution for 1 campden tablet.
Do not breathe in dust or vapour, use in well ventilated area. Asthmatics and anyone with a respiratory condition take particular care or consider another method of sterilising.
Directions: Dissolve 50g in 500ml of water to make a 10% solution. Use 1 teaspoon of the 10% solution per 5 litres of room temperature must (fruit/sugar mixture that will become your wine) to sterlise the must 24 hours before adding yeast. Also use during the winemaking process (eg racking) to stabilise & help prevent oxidisation.
Store the 10% solution in an airtight glass or plastic container.
Further dilute it 4:1 eg 200mls water to 50mls solution to give a 2% solution. Use the 2% solution to sterlise equipment.
A small amount goes a long way. Swirl it around all your containers etc so it touches each surface several times. Then leave it for at least 20 minutes (with lid on) to complete sterilisation. Bottles, containers etc can be kept sterilised by storing them with 2cm of solution in the bottom. Tip out solution (which can be reused) and shake them out before using them.
You can keep reusing the solution for sterlising until you stop noticing the obvious vapour or when you notice the solution is no longer 100% clear.