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FAQ

How does StiQit work?

StiQit works by introducing a scientifically proven and precise quantity of our proprietary developed ingredients into the wine, that removes sulfites in any 6-8oz or less glass of wine. It is a convenient, portable, and FDA Permitted way to safely neutralize sulfites in a glass of wine.

Does stiqit remove all sulfites?

Yes! One StiQit will remove 100% of sulfites from a 6 to 8 ounce glass of wine.

Will StiQit alter the taste of my wine?

No. StiQit neutralizes sulfites without changing the taste, aroma or texture of your wine.

WHAT ARE STIQITS MADE OUT OF AND HOW DO THEY WORK?

StiQit uses FDA-permitted food-grade ingredients and patented solution that neutralizes nanograms (a millionth of a gram) of sulfites into microdroplets of water, not altering the taste of your wine in the slightest. Have a crack at the science:

Sulfites are added to wine as a preservative by either bubbling sulphur dioxide gas in the wine or adding potassium metabisulfite. Both are readily soluble in wine. The sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas equilibrates between Sulfur dioxide (SO2) + water (H2O) and hydrogen ions (H+) + Bisulfite ion (HSO3-). As the pH decreases the fraction of total sulfite present as the bisulfite ion increases so that at pH4 (wine has a pH range of 3-4) the bisulfite ion is the predominant species present in the wine. The bisulfite ion also exists in equilibrium with hydrogen ion (H+) + sulfite ion (SO3 2-). Similarly, the addition of potassium metabisulfite to wine creates an equilibrium of bisulfite and sulfite ions along with free potassium ions (K+). Addition of a scientifically tested, very specific measurement of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) oxidizes the bisulfite ion (HSO3-) to the bisulfate ion (HSO4-) and water which is then further converted to the sulfate ion (SO4-) plus water.

Why are sulfites in wine?

Sulfites are added to wine during the wine production process as a preservative and to prevent the wine from ‘going bad’ and continuing to ferment in the bottle. The sulfites allow the wine to be shipped and stored for longer periods of time than would be possible if sulfites were not in the wine. Sulfites are also present in wine because they are formed as part of the fermentation process. The sulfites are not required to be in wine for any other reason.

Should I be concerned about sulfites in wine?

Sulfites are considered to be one of the ten priority food allergens known today. If you do not suffer from sulfite sensitivity, StiQit provides the option for everyone to enjoy any wine WITHOUT the sulfite preservative. We believe that part of living a healthy life-style includes reducing the consumption of additives and preservatives like sulfites. StiQit allows you to simply and quickly achieve this goal with wine.

What are some reactions to sulfites?

Some of the most common reaction to sulfites include nasal congestion, flushing, breathing difficulties, skin rashes, hives, itchiness, upset stomach, diarrhea, vomiting, trouble swallowing, low blood pressure, headaches.

How much sulfite is in wine?

The amount of sulfites in wine varies widely depending on how much are artificially added by each individual winery. According to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) the maximum allowed amount of sulfites in wine is 350ppm.

Can I reuse my StiQit device?

The StiQit can only be used once to treat a single 6-8oz or less glass serving of wine. It cannot be used to treat a second glass of wine.

Will my StiQit work on a full bottle of wine?

StiQit will not remove the sulfites from a full bottle of wine. StiQit is currently designed to remove sulfites from any single 6-8oz or less glass of wine. A single StiQit can only be used once with a single glass of wine.

Will StiQit prevent “hangovers”?

StiQit will not prevent hangovers. StiQit will remove the sulfites from a single glass of wine and thereby allow those that suffer from sulfite sensitivity to once again drink their favorite wine without potentially suffering the negative consequences associated with their sulfite sensitivity. However we have heard from customers it lessens the unpleasent morning after symptoms associated with drinking wine.

Can’t I just buy “Organic” wine?

All wine contains sulfites. They occur naturally as a by-product of the fermentation process and are additionally artificially added at various stages of the wine production process as a preservative. Organic wine does not mean there are no sulfites present. It could mean that the grapes have simply been grown organically without the use of fertilizers or pesticides. Many organic wines still have sulfites added as a preservative. Organic could also mean that no additional sulfites have been added during the production process. In this case there are still sulfites present in the wine as a result of the fermentation process.

I found a wine that says “No Sulfites Added”, what does that mean?

It simply means that no artificially added sulfites were used during the wine production process. It does not, however, mean that the wine does not contain naturally produced sulfites. All wines have some level of sulfites due to those that are formed during the fermentation process.

Which has more sulfites? Red wine or white wine?

Both red and white wine contains sulfites. It is reported that white wine contains more sulfites than red wine. Our own laboratory data has confirmed that on average there are more sulfites in white wine than red wine.

How are sulfites measured?

Measuring sulfites in wine is not simple. We purchased and validated a sulfite meter to measure the sulfites in wine in our company laboratory. The method requires the use of laboratory equipment to be able to accurately and reproducibly measure the sulfites in the wine. The presence of sulfites can also be assessed with the use of sulfite test strips, such as the ones we used in our video that demonstrated how the StiQit works. Because these test strips indicate the presence of sulfites by a change in color, they can only ideally be used for white wine rather than red wine.

What is the difference between FREE sulfites and BOUND sulfites?

Sulfites in wine exist in two forms; free and bound. The bound sulfites are irreversibly bound to other components found in wine such as proteins and carbohydrates. Once they are bound they remain bound. The free sulfites are the remaining sulfites that circulate freely within the wine in an unbound state. It is only the free sulfites found in wine that are capable of triggering an adverse allergic reaction in people. Because the bound sulfites remain bound, they are not capable of triggering a reaction.

Can I smell sulfites in wine?

No you cannot smell sulfites in wine at the concentrations that they are present.

Is the material used to make StiQit safe?

Yes, absolutely. The StiQit device is made of FDA permitted food-safe, high grade plastic that is nontoxic and completely recyclable. The proprietary ingredients in StiQit have been listed and approved as a safe substance by the FDA.

What is the Q for at the end of the StiQit?

The Q can be detached from the StiQit after treatment of the wine and placed around the stem of your wine glass or on the rim of a stemless wine glass to indicate that the wine has been treated with StiQit and the sulfites have been removed.

References

Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Nebraska. Government of Canada in consultation with Allergy/Asthma Information Association, Anaphylaxis Canada, Association québécoise des allergies alimentaires, Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Health Canada.

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