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A complete ingredient listing of the most popular additives for professional brewing and making your favorite homebrew beer.

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  • Acid Blend, powder. This is a mixture of tartaric, malic and citric acids in a 40-40-20 ratio. Its use is often prescribed in wine recipe books and used primarily for fruit wines (non grape).  A single one or a combination of two of these acids will work about as well.

  • Ascorbic Acid is an anti-oxidant used as a partial substitute for sulfur dioxide, or used to prevent oxidation, which creates a dull and unpleasant flavor, and to prevent discoloring in the final product. Recommended for wines that discolor easily.

    Ascorbic Acid, like Copper Sulfate, is often used to treat hydrogen sulfide (H2S) or ‘mercaptans’, which presents as a rotten egg scent in your wine. Try treating first with Copper Sulfate but if the problem persists, then treatment with Ascorbic Acid will be necessary. If you have advanced H2S ‘disulfide’, the scent could be described as burnt rubber or garlic-like and the wine will not improve with the treatment of Copper Sulfate alone. The use of 0.25gm Ascorbic Acid per gallon will often help by converting the disulfides back to mercaptans. The process may take up to three weeks, after which the wine should be treated with Copper Sulfate.

    Use 0.25 grams of ascorbic acid per gallon.

  • Brupaks Irish Moss Copper Finings enables the brewer to achieve brighter worts by assisting the coagulation of unstable proteins in the copper and rapid settling of the coagulum as hot and cold breaks. It is important to produce consistently bright wort in order to reduce the level of protein and polyphenols. If high levels of these substances are present they will lead to draught beers that are difficult to fine or bottled beers with a greatly reduced shelf life. Whilst protein can to some extent be removed with auxiliary finings, it can present other problems which can be improved considerably by its removal in the copper.

    Irish Moss is red brown flakes of seaweed (Chondrus crispus)The active compound is the polysaccharide Carageenan that carries a negative charge that interacts with proteins to form large flocs.

    Method of Use

    Irish Moss should be added to the copper 15 – 20 minutes before the end of the boil. This is to ensure that the active carrageenans are extracted.



  • Ideal for wine making. Imparts a natural, fruity citrus flavour.

    A substitute for natural citrus aids a healthy fermentation.

    Citric Acid Directions for use:

    Use as directed in recipe or as a guide, use 10gm dissolved in a small amount of warm water per 4.5l, adding to must prior to fermentation, repeat if necessary after fermentation. One Rounded teaspoon is the equivalent to the juice of one lemon.


  • Our Ritchies Dried Elderberries are great for either making elderberry fruit wine or as an additive for wine, beers or ciders. Elderberries provide a tart flavour and come well-packaged in a sealed bag.


  • Our Ritchies Dried Elderflowers are ideal for when elderflowers are out of season. This 50g bag will make approximately 4.5l of wine (around six bottles). As a general recipe you could use these elderflowers alongside brewing sugar, white wine concentrate, yeast and grape/wine tannin to produce your very own vintage. These elderflowers are packed in an airtight bag for safe shipping and easy storage


  • A substitute for fresh sloes when they are out of season, these dried sloes can be used to make sloe gin or sloe vodka


  • Ferments normally unfermentable dextrins, for dry beer add with yeast, for stuck fermentations or over sweet beer, stir  gently into the beer should restart within 24 hours, sufficient for 25 litres of beer.


  • Improves colour, texture, tannin and flavour of your  wine


  • Malic Acid, powder, food grade.

    Both malic and citric acids are used to acidulate other fruits (commercial wines can legally only add acids that occur naturally in any particular fruit).

    This acid is found almost universally in temperate fruits. It dominates in apples and together with tartaric acid accounts for most of the acid in grapes. The main disadvantage of malic acid is that it buffers to a fairly high pH.

    The form of commercially available malic acid added to wines is not subject to M-L fermentations.


  • An extra hot Ginger non-alcoholic cordial or mixer drink. Also available in “Original”

    So the story goes… in the early 1900’s Aunt Agnes Russel lived in Scotland and developed a wonderful ginger compound concoction which her local chemist made up for her using ginger essence.  Her ginger cordial drink was famous in the area where family and friends would partake of the liquid refreshment but her recipe was a closely guarded secret and it became known as Russel’s Riddle.

    Answering to a family crisis Aunt Agnes and her sister moved down to South Shields to look after there three nephews and bought the recipe with her where she continued to use a friendly local chemist to create the compound know known as Riddles.

    The recipe has been passed down the family generations and the original recipe with the Riddles name is now owned and being cared for by Wine Online who are ensuring that the compound stays true to the original recipe and creating new extensions of the formula to give more choice to the consumer, they are sure Aunt Agnes would approve and be tickled pink.

    Just add up to 2 pounds of sugar in 5 pints of hot water, when nearly cold, add the compound and stir well

  • Red grape Concentrate use as an addition to home made wines. A must have for all country wine makers. Excellent quality juice.

  • White grape Concentrate  use as an addition to home made wines. A must have for all country wine makers. Excellent quality juice.

  • Tartaric Acid, powder, NF.

    Helps to control the acidity of your wine. Since it is the primary acid component found in grapes, winemakers can adjust the acidity of their wine by adding tartaric acid to the wine.

    Tartaric acid is the characteristic acid of grapes which is found in no other common fruit. Low acid grapes from warmer climates will benefit from its addition; the wine will clear more readily and will keep and taste better. It buffers to a nice low pH. Wines with acidity below 0.5% will benefit from its addition. It takes about 3.7 grams per gallon to increase acidity by 0.1%. Best practice is to add tartaric very early in the process.

  • Also known as Potassium Sorbate. Added to a wine to stop the fermentation and prevent a re-fermentation after bottling. Should always be used together with campden tablets, otherwise wine will get a smell of ‘Duranium’.

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