AquaSens: A quick and easy device for winemakers

March 10, 2010 at 12:53 am Leave a comment

AquaSens may provide a way of optimising the addition of sulfur dioxide in wine making. Sulfur dioxide is added to protect wine from spoilage by bacteria and oxidation, and to keep volatile acidity at desirable levels.

CleanFutures is asking winemakers to consider their use of sulfur dioxide by answering 10 very quick questions. Click here to take survey. Responses to the survey will help guide the development of the AquaSens sulfite application for the industry.

Sulfur dioxide and sulfites are difficult to measure due to their ability to bind to other compounds. AquaSens offers the ability to measure sulfites which may be used to monitor sulfur dioxide levels during winemaking and prevent problems associated with too little being added (microbial growth), or too much (a harsher palate and undesirable aroma).

In a collaboration between The Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI), Flinders University, Monash University and CleanFutures, research is being conducted to test the sulfite application for AquaSens and develop processes so that it can be used as a portable, accurate and simple-to-use device for measuring sulfites in wine.

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