Harris Wine/Cider Acid Test Strips (50 strips)

B2B-2614

Regular price £4.75
9 in stock



Wine & Cider pH strips have a range of pH 2.8 – 4.4 and contain 50 strips. The colour guide shows 5 different readings: – 2.8, 3.2, 3.6, 4.0 and 4.4.

Strips are the quickest and easiest way to test for pH. Simply dip the swab strip into the liquid, remove and shake to remove excess liquid and then compare against the colour chart on the packaging within 30 seconds to obtain the pH reading.

The lower the number the higher the acid level in the liquid. Therefore the strongest acid has a pH of 1 and the weakest acid a pH of 6. A liquid is considered neutral with a pH value of 7 (water has a pH value of 7)..

Wines and ciders with a low pH reading (farthest away from 7) will taste tart and crisp. Conversely, those with a higher pH (nearer to 7), will be more prone to bacterial growth. Therefore, it is essential to achieve the correct acid balance for taste and stability of the finished wine or cider.

Wines:
Most wines fall around a pH reading of 3 or 4. For white wines, a desirable reading is a pH of approximately 3.2, while the best pH for red wines is around 3.6.

Ciders:
It is important that the acidity of the juice has the correct pH. The ideal pH reading for cider is between 3.2 – 3.6. A weaker acid content of pH 4.0 or above can lead to flavour problems and make the juice more prone to bacterial infection.


How to increase acid balance (lower pH reading)
Acid Blend is by far the best way to adjust wine pH, as it combines all 3 acids (tartaric, malic, citric) in the proportions found in natural grapes. It is advisable to increase the acid content in small doses starting with a dose rate of 1g per litre. Then re-test and add more acid if necessary to achieve the optimum pH level. This method will avoid a final acid content that is too strong.
For Cider, Malic Acid can be substituted for Acid Blend. The dose rate is the same, starting at 1g per litre.

How to lower acid balance (increase pH reading):
If the acid level is too high, then add Calcium Carbonate (Precipitated Chalk) to the Wine or Cider, at a starting rate of 1g per litre. Sometimes this can produce a sediment as the acid is neutralised. Potassium Carbonate or Acid Reducing Solution can also be used to reduce acidity.  Once added, leave the Wine or Cider in a cold place for one week to allow any acid crystals to fall out as a sediment.

SHOPPING AND ONLINE DELIVERY METHODS

In normal circumstances we aim to despatch all orders received before 12pm the same working day via the method of shipment chosen at checkout.

We offer FREE STANDARD DELIVERY for all orders over £59 to most regions of the UK.

For orders under 5Kg, we usually use Royal Mail.

For any order over 5Kg we use DPD who can handle heavier and bulkier packages.

Unfortunately, for certain regions within the UK there is an extra charge for delivery, as per the table below (Postcode Areas with Delivery Surcharge)

STANDARD DELIVERY TO MOST REGIONS OF THE UK

  • £3.95
  • Up to 5 Working Days
  • Insured Delivery Service
  • FREE for orders £59.00 or above

EXPRESS DELIVERY TO MOST REGIONS OF THE UK

  • £5.95
  • Order Before 12pm for
  • Next Working Day Delivery
  • UK Mainland Only
  • Any Express orders placed on Saturday or Sunday will be dispatched the next working day, ie Monday, unless a Bank Holiday.

POST CODE AREAS WITH DELIVERY SURCHARGE

Region Post Code Range Service Shipping Cost

Northern Ireland

BT1 - BT99

Standard - 2 Days

£ 15.00

Isle of Man

IM1 - IM9

Standard - 2 Days

£ 18.00

Channel Islands

JE2 -JE3
GY1 – GY10

Standard - 2 Days

£ 15.00

Scottish Highlands

AB36 - AB38
AB55 - AB56
FK17 - FK21
IV1 – IV39
IV52 - IV54
IV63
KW1 - KW14
PA21 - PA40
PH19 - PH26
PH30 - PH41
PH49 - PH50

Standard - 2 Days

£ 15.00

Scilly Isles

TR21 - TR25

Standard - 2 Days

£ 20.00

Scottish Islands

HS1 - HS9
IV40 - IV51
IV55 - IV56
KA27 - KA28
KW15 - KW17
PA20
PA41 - PA49
PA60 - PA78
PH42 - PA44
ZE1 - ZE3

Standard - 2 Days

£ 16.00

MORE DELIVERY INFORMATION

Due to size restrictions through some courier networks, some items are available on Standard Delivery only.

RETURNS INFORMATION

In the unlikely event you wish to return a product please contact our customer services via email to sales@brew2bottle.co.uk, stating your order number in the subject or via telephone 01254 315082. 

If for any reason your package arrives with signs of damage please sign for the package as damaged.