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Old 12-30-2011, 01:00 PM   #1
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Default My Plan: Keg first, bottle second... suggestions?

I usually brew so that I end up with 6 gallons in the fermenter. Since only 5 gallons goes into the keg, I end up tossing about a gallon or so down the drain. While this was my plan initially, I'm now thinking I should bottle up that last gallon and let them condition, just so I have some leftover once the keg is cashed. My guess is there are a lot of folks who already do this... so my question is:

What's the best way to go about adding sugar to that final gallon so the beer carbs properly during conditioning? My preference would be to mix up a 1/2 pint of a normal dextrose solution that I would keep on hand and use after kegging each batch... I can't imagine a single bottle requiring more than 3-5 drops, no? I've also heard of (never used) Cooper's carb caps... do these work well?

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!

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Old 12-30-2011, 01:06 PM   #2
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Carb caps sound the easiest. This process has been on my to-do list as well.

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Old 12-30-2011, 01:14 PM   #3
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Carb caps sound the easiest. This process has been on my to-do list as well.
My exact thought, initially. Then I realized that's also the more expensive option, plus I've heard the caps can overcarbonate a beer pretty easily. Hmm... I just want to know how much of a typical corn sugar solution should go into each bottle.
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. . . . ... I just want to know how much of a typical corn sugar solution should go into each bottle.
1/2 teaspoon dextrose per 12oz.
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Old 12-30-2011, 01:24 PM   #5
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There are several calculators online that tell you how much to add to the total amount of beer. Adding to individual bottles is too imprecise and time consuming.
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I've got a 3-way measuring scoop that I got online from one of the suppliers (sorry, I don't remember which one). Each scoop is labeled for the amount of corn sugar you need for a 12 oz., 16 oz, or 22 oz. bottle. I bottle a case of bombers from each batch I make and keg the rest. This makes it quick and easy.

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When bottling, typically I believe you would use 5oz priming sugar per five -six gal. batch, which is 1 oz per gal. I would boil 1 oz of priming sugar with a little water on the stove, and mix it in with the remainimg 1 gal. of beer, and then bottle as normal.

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. . . . . . Adding to individual bottles is too imprecise and time consuming.
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?? Takes about two minutes for a six pack. I do it all the time, seems to carbonate fine. I like to have a sixer I can age for extended periods and use for competitions if needed, etc.
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I'd put measurment marks on my bottling bucket so I know how much beer is left. Then just use the carb calculator referenced above to add the appropriate amount of sugar. Priming by weight is more precise than by volume.

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Consider priming the whole batch and not force carb...?

I bottled one week ago using Coopers for the first time. I'll be interested to see how it works out... This was a porter so it may over carb, I wouldn't be as concerned with an IPA...

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