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Old 12-11-2008, 02:43 PM   #1
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I read somewhere that you can prime your beer with molasses. I am brewing a "gingerbread red" for a holiday beer...i know i'm a little late, but presidents day is a holiday too. I was wondering if anyone has ever primed with molasses and can tell me: how much? boil/dilute?

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Old 12-11-2008, 02:46 PM   #2
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Don't bother. It's not worth the time or trouble. You'll get virtually no contribution to the flavor/aroma from the small amount you'll need to prime, and the carbo will be spottier and less reliable because it's not as readily fermentable as dextrose. I see no benefits in priming with anything but corn sugar.

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Old 12-13-2008, 04:11 AM   #3
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I have never used Molasses as a primer. However, I have been told that anything used for priming won't add too much to the flavor of the beer. If you're still planning on doing it I have a midwest catalogue that says you'll need 1 cup of molasses if you're bottling, and 1/2 cup if you're kegging. No clue about diluting it, but I imagine it would be a good idea to mix the molasses in with some water (and heat above 150 ish) rather than just pour a straight cup of it into your beer.

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Old 12-23-2008, 03:22 AM   #4
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thanks for posting a reply. i just primed with sugar. appreciate the feedback

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Old 12-23-2008, 06:38 AM   #5
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I have primed with treacle with a kit bitter (it was worth a shot, as it really was bland and needed 'something'). I just boiled it up in a pan with some water, and a small bit of dark brown sugar.

It gave it a wonderful liquorice taste, but was not overpowering. Managed to save the beer

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Can anybody comment on the possible color molasses might add to say a cream ale?

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Can anybody comment on the possible color molasses might add to say a cream ale?
Depends on how much. I would think that the amount used for priming (if that is your question) would have virtually no effect. If used as a fementable I still think, unless you used a high amount (two pounds?) would not add much to the color. Very dark backstrap or treacle might add a bit more.
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Yes, I was thinking for priming.
I'm concerned it might muddy up the taste of a lighter beer as well but if it adds little color I can't see it adding a lot of flavor either.

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Anyone have a link to the fermentability of different type of molasses in order to help calculate how much to prime with?

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I had read its 1 cup for 5 gallons. being equal to 3/4 cup corn sugar. Didn't say what kind of molasses, or even if that information is available.

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