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GreatWhite 11-20-2008 12:52 PM

Sodium Bisulfate Biocide
 
Does anyone know a good source for the chemical that I need for pickling my water maker? It uses sodium bisulfate crystals which get dissolved in water, it seems to be quite a common chemical used in the food industry. Not sure where to find it. My local wine maker supply store has potassium metabisulfate but my instinct is to stay with the chemical that has kept the water maker running well for the last 10 years or so.

I noticed the spectra water maker uses a proprietary biocide as there water makers have parts that will degrade in the presence of sodium bisulfate.

GreatWhite 11-20-2008 02:46 PM

I think I have found my own answer... it appears to be sold at other wine making supply stores... it is a food grade biocide

...Cheers

Rockter 11-20-2008 02:59 PM

Yes, winemakers certainly use it. Watch it, it will take your breath away.

garydory28 04-20-2009 07:08 PM

Are you saying that the potassium metabisulfate from the wine makers is a substitute for the proprietary products the water makers sell? How has your experience been?

Freesail99 04-20-2009 08:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by garydory28 (Post 477895)
Are you saying that the potassium metabisulfite from the wine makers is a substitute for the proprietary products the water makers sell? How has your experience been?



No, as a professional winemaker for 25 years, they are two different chemicals, used for two very different things.

badsanta 04-20-2009 11:23 PM

All water makers are NOT the same. Please read your directions for proper use. Don't go by what some one at the end of the dock says. Most water makers are destroyed by operator error.


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