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  • Sodium Metabisulfite, 500g
  • Sodium Metabisulfite, 500g
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Chemical Grade: Technical
Formula: Na2S2O5
CAS: 7681-57-4
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Sodium metabisulfite is commonly used to precipitate dissolved gold out of aqua regia and gold chloride solutions. When it is dissolved into water, Sulfur dioxide gas is created which is excellent at precipitating gold from the solution. Sodium metabisulfate is a popular choice in this process because it is more selective in precipitating gold by itself.

In the process of gold extraction from e-waste, Sodium Metabisulfate is usually used along with Urea.

Wine (and beer) makers use Sodium Metabisulfite to inhibit the growth of wild yeast and bacteria in the wine. It also works well as a sanitizer for wine making equipment.


  • Wild Yeast: One quarter teaspoon per five gallons of must.
  • Sanitation: Two ounces to one gallon of water.

CAUTION. When mixed with water or a strong acid solution, sodium metabisulfite releases sulphur dioxide (SO2), a pungent, rotten eggs smelling gas that can also cause breathing difficulties in some people.

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