So I was planning to make some white wine, I started with some green grapes and after checking the pH it was too low so I added some citric acid which made the juice became too acidic, to bring down the acidity I added some Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking soda) and the pH was balanced out.

Now my fermentation is complete and after cold crashing I realized the wine tastes like soap water, is there anything I can do to fix it?

Any help would be appreciated

  • When did you taste your wine?
    – chthon
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 7:46
  • Hi @chthon Just after the primary fermentation Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 10:09
  • then not all lost, it seems, but you need to be patient. Wait a week or eight, the salts from the acid/bicarbonate reaction will slowly drop out. But it is also better to do this before fermentation.
    – chthon
    Commented Feb 17, 2021 at 13:03
  • @chthon thank you for the info, will mark tour answer as accepted once the taste goes back normal with some ageing Commented Feb 18, 2021 at 13:24

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Possibly, but you need patience it seems/ It is probably because of the baking soda that your wine tastes like this. You can't remove the molecules that are responsible for this anymore from your wine.

However, I read that this is readily used, but you need a month or two for the results of this addition to drop out from the wine.

I have made wine already three times from my own homegrown grapes, and I have actually never adjusted my pH, not even measured it. What I do after fermentation is to rack it off the lees into a jar (without much headspace), then let it rest in a cool place for six to seven months (other people wait a year, maybe for red wine). The acid responsible for the acidity of the wine (tannins, cream of tartar) will drop out. This works for me, I have tasty wine.


Not too much you can do, I'm afraid. From what you write, I suspect that the sodium bicarbonate has left sodium carbonate behind, which is washing soda, i.e. soap, and that's what you're tasting now in your wine.

You might try adding some sort of acid (wine acid blend would seem the weapon of choice here) to neutralize the sodcarb remnants, but you would have to do that judiciously and not go overboard with it. That said, you will always be left with sodium, no matter what you do. Too much sodium does not improve any beverage.

If you are able to take a pH reading, you might try to acidify the wine (blending the acid in well) until you're just below 7 and then give it time for the reaction to complete.

My own approach would be to run it through a still and make some sort of brandy out of it. :-)

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