Additives

Additives – a list of additives as long as your arm is allowed in the ingredients of beers, wines and spirits. Some are necessary for regulating acidity and sweetness or as preservatives (sulphur dioxide, also known as sulphite, is ubiquitous and essential to prevent oxidation in wine). Various types of clay, egg white, milk products and isinglass (made from the swim bladders of fish) are used for fining (clarifying) and filtration – they don’t sound very nice but they do the job and are not present in the finished product. The line is blurred between necessary additives and those used to disguise defects and alter the apperance of a product and though it is easy to say the fewer the better there is seldom any indication on labels of what has been used.

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