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Old 01-25-2013, 04:03 PM   #1
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Just curious how much water some people use when making up their priming sugars for bottling?

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Old 01-25-2013, 04:04 PM   #2
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I usually do three gallons. Just kidding. You just need 1 cup, enough that the sugar can dissolve.

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I usually do three gallons. Just kidding. You just need 1 cup, enough that the sugar can dissolve.
Gonna say damn!! I've been using 2 cups but I always felt like that was too much.
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i do 1:1 sugar and water

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I suppose I need to change my procedure then huh. Wonder if the 2 cups diluted it too much. I haven't had a problem but I just want to have the right amounts for the beer.

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It doesn't really matter. As long as the sugar is dissolved in the water. 2 cups is fine too. If you use more you are just slightly watering down your beer, but hey, that just means you made more beer.

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I suppose I need to change my procedure then huh. Wonder if the 2 cups diluted it too much. I haven't had a problem but I just want to have the right amounts for the beer.
i would say this is pretty insignificant.

are you trying to address a specific problem?
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2 cups wont hurt and neither will the 1:1. However, there is no required amount since the only reason for the water is to get the sugar into solution and to sanitize it. That means all you need is enough to do these two things. I always measure my sugar and put it into a sanitized container (usually a pyrex measuring cup) and then get the water to a good rolling boil and add just enough to the sugar to fully dissolve--adding any more does nothing since what you are looking for is a simple syrup and this is achieved as soon as the sugar dissolves. Once I'm ready to add the solution to the bottling bucket, I don't bother cooling it but simply rack some beer into the bucket and pour the solution in while the rest of the beer is racking. Give a good (though not vigorous) stir with a sanitized spoon and then bottle.

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2 cups/ five gallons is the standard amount used. I'm sure there's plenty of folks who use less....But the reference amount in just about every book/website is 2 cups.

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i would say this is pretty insignificant.

are you trying to address a specific problem?
Not at all. When I first started I see the same amount for bottle priming and my starter in a growler. Now I've since moved on to making calculated starters on a stir plate and figured my bottle priming water had to be off too. Not really anything clear on the interwebs. So here I am asking my peers. I appreciate the insight as well.
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