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Old 03-06-2012, 10:50 PM   #1
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Default How much priming sugar is too much?

Assuming that fermentation is complete and it's time to bottle for sure, does anyone know how much priming sugar would cause high carbonation vs bombs? I decided to put 1/3 cup granulated cane sugar (all I had at the time) into my 2.5 gal experimental batch... I'm beginning to fear I added too much and just waiting for my bottles to break... Anyone have an idea if this will be a problem?

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:11 PM   #2
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I keg, but a 5 gallon batch typically takes about 3/4 cup priming sugar though its better to go by weight not volume. I think your bottles are safe.

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:40 PM   #3
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Use an online priming calculator such as the one on Tasty Brew, you can enter style or volumes of co2 to dial it in: http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:43 PM   #4
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4-4.5 ounces for 5 gallons is about the norm.Depends on style though.

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:48 PM   #5
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I've used a half pound before. It was to carb a hefeweizen to 4 volumes. I didn't have any issues but I don't carb anything that high anymore.

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Old 03-06-2012, 11:59 PM   #6
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I re-read the question & realized my answer doesn't help the issue that much. Oops!

I've read/heard that over 4 volumes isn't safe for regular bottles. I've done at least 4 for a hefe & a saison & didn't have problems (knock on wood). Not quite sure how to figure out how many volumes to expect with your batch but there must be a formula to figure it out so you'll know what to expect.

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Old 03-07-2012, 12:06 AM   #7
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As long as your fermentation was complete you should be fine

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