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Old 05-06-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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I have a question regarding priming sugar.

I have some batches fermenting now and I don't think any of them are exactly 5 gallons. I'd say most are around 4.5 Gallons or a little less.. I am assuming the ratio is 1 oz. of sugar per gallon of beer, is that correct?

When I am going to prime the beer and bottle it, should I still add the 5 oz. of priming sugar or should I take a little bit out? Also, will this little bit of extra sugar cause too much carbonation?

Thanks in advance. I just don't want to over-carb my babies.

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What style of beer is it?Not all styles are carbed at the same rate.

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The Dunkelweizen is probably around 4.5 Gal and a Sam Adams Summer Ale Clone is about 4.5 Gal as well.

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What style of beer is it?Not all styles are carbed at the same rate.
That's true, but I always carbed my beers to about the same volume of co2. I think that the 1 ounce per gallon (by weight) seems to work pretty well for most styles. If anything, I used a bit less than 1 ounce per gallon for the majority of my beers. If you have less than 5 gallons, you may want to reduce the priming sugar slightly but no harm will come if you don't.
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Thank you ladies and gentlemen! I'll probably just leave a smidge of sugar out when it comes to priming for the 2 batches.

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The Dunkelweizen is probably around 4.5 Gal and a Sam Adams Summer Ale Clone is about 4.5 Gal as well.
I'm gonna give you a link that might help you decide how much carbonation you might want in these 2 beers.
Most of the time I will use 5oz. per gallon or 3/4 cup,but on some styles I prefer 2/3 cup(ESB,Marzen) and others I like up to 1cup(Witbeir,BMC style,wheats)
Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Carbonation Priming Chart
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I'm gonna give you a link that might help you decide how much carbonation you might want in these 2 beers.
Most of the time I will use 5oz. per gallon or 3/4 cup,but on some styles I prefer 2/3 cup(ESB,Marzen) and others I like up to 1cup(Witbeir,BMC style,wheats)
Brew Your Own: The How-To Homebrew Beer Magazine - Carbonation Priming Chart
Good stuff. I'll check that out. Thanks for the link!
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I really liked that byo article. I always have used this calculator.
TastyBrew.com | Homebrewing Calculators | Botting Priming Calculator
It lists more styles (some far too flat for my taste.)

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I really liked that byo article. I always have used this calculator.
TastyBrew.com | Homebrewing Calculators | Botting Priming Calculator
It lists more styles (some far too flat for my taste.)
Solid! This will help out big time!
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