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LouBrew13 07-10-2012 03:53 PM

Priming with table sugar
I bottle my beers still and use corn sugar boiled in a little water. I've had great results but it's kind of pricey. Anybody just use table sugar? Is there any taste difference...cloudiness...problems? It's so much cheaper and more readily available. Thanks and cheers

StonesBally 07-10-2012 03:59 PM

I switched to using table sugar about 6 batches ago as I had run out of dextrose. I have found no discernible difference in taste or appearance. I think it is definitely the way to go as you also need to use less when compared to dextrose. With the difference in cost, it's a no brainer.

tre9er 07-10-2012 04:00 PM

used it many times. no problems.

TyTanium 07-10-2012 04:00 PM

No difference.

RainyDay 07-10-2012 04:04 PM

Up until my last couple of batches I used table sugar exclusively (with exceptions like brown sugar in a brown sugar brown ale, etc), and have never noticed any flavors/off flavors from it. You prepare it exactly how you would corn sugar. The only reason I didnt use table sugar on my last couple batches is I wanted to try corn sugar, having never used it. I'm interested in seeing if I can actually detect any differences in the two, though i'm guessing they'll be slight at best.

Mishraile 07-10-2012 04:07 PM

I think technically Corn Sugar carbonates away with less "leftovers" and thus less taste, than table sugar, but I think the difference is probably academic as I haven't noticed a difference really, either. You use less table sugar and its cheaper, so...yeah unless you are trying to be a "purist" I suppose it doesn't matter.

LouBrew13 07-11-2012 02:31 PM

Thanks for the info. I'm going to try priming with regular sugar and see if I can detect anything different. I usually prime 5 gallons with 1/3 lb of corn sugar. What would you guys suggest with table sugar?

TyTanium 07-11-2012 02:36 PM

Use ~10% less table sugar.


RainyDay 07-11-2012 02:36 PM

You're probably better off using a calculator like this one to get the exact amount (by weight): http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

I've found that you typically use slightly less table sugar than corn sugar (like a couple tenths of an ounce).

RainyDay 07-11-2012 02:37 PM


Originally Posted by TyTanium (Post 4242945)

Beat me to it! Great minds?

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