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Old 11-03-2010, 08:18 AM   #1
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Hey all,

I read before that some people used brown sugar for bottling some English ales and have achieved a little extra richness for flavors.

I'm wondering, has anyone ever bottled a stout with brown sugar? Did you notice any difference? Does anyone recommend it?

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Old 11-03-2010, 10:05 AM   #2
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Yes, stouts and porters lend themselves well to brown sugar priming. There is some residual flavor on the tongue in beers primed with darker sugars. It is subtle but there.

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Old 11-03-2010, 11:53 AM   #3
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Thanks Revvy, I'm gonna give it a go!

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Along those same lines, how about priming with straight molasses? Might lend an interesting flavor.

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Old 11-04-2010, 12:50 AM   #5
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Oh...molasses...

Now you've confused me! haha

My stout is a simple stout (as it says in my signature)...do you think either would work ok?

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Yes you can prime with just about anything. The trick is figuring out how fermentable it is and how much you need to achieve the volume of co2 you desire.

I have a priming chart for some stuff in my bottling thread.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bottling-tips-homebrewer-94812/index3.html#post1114892

It was also discussed here.

Molasses as priming sugar

Last month's basic brewing radio was all about alternative priming methods.

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October 28, 2010 - Alternate Priming Sugars
Home brewer Drew Filkins shares his technique of using alternative ingredients to put the bubbles in his brew.

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Hydrometer readings and sugar content charts from HomeWinemaking.com http://www.home-winemaking.com/winemaking-2b.html
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Thanks again Reverend. I'll have to think/research about it and decide on what kind of flavor i want

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FYI, most brown sugar is just regular table sugar with molasses added. So, if you use brown sugar to prime, you're actually using both.

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i was using some organic cane sugar for quite a few batches.
this last time i went with a lighter colored turbinado sugar that is in the bulk section at the grocery store here...

haven't brewed a similar recipe with different sugars but i'm sure the differences are subtle if even noticeable at all.

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