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12-20-2009, 01:18 AM   #1
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 calculator for how much sugar to add

I'm making my first cider and would like to raise my OG a bit. I'm looking for a calculator for figuring out how much sugar to use. I've searched on here and on Google and can't seem to find anthing. Does anyone have a resource for this? Thanks a bunch!
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12-20-2009, 01:28 AM   #2
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1 pound of sugar will add .046 points per gallon.

so 1 pound will add .0092 points to a five gallon batch.

Formula:
(.046 * "lbs of sugar") / "batch size in gallons" = "total extra points per batch".

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12-20-2009, 03:00 AM   #3
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Great! thanks a lot bud!
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12-21-2009, 02:43 AM   #4
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Does this apply for any kind of sugar or is this just white sugar? I know some folks use turbinado cane, corn sugar, honey, etc.

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08-30-2012, 01:53 AM   #5
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 This is frequently left out

I'm not sure why everyone leaves this out…
Add the sugar - preferably dissolved in the smallest amount of water already - after a day or two or three in primary. This will keep your yeast in a lot better condition. Make your hydrometer your best friend and add the sugar as soon as your gravity is down to 50% of final.

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Quote:
 Originally Posted by CWoodard I'm not sure why everyone leaves this out… Add the sugar - preferably dissolved in the smallest amount of water already - after a day or two or three in primary. This will keep your yeast in a lot better condition. Make your hydrometer your best friend and add the sugar as soon as your gravity is down to 50% of final.
Adding sugar mid-ferment might be a good option in certain cases, such as avoiding excessively high OG's, but I doubt many cidermakers would consider it preferable in most ciders. Cider has a relatively low OG, so adding a moderate amount of sugar isn't too stressful for the yeast.
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08-31-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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Quote:
 Originally Posted by jbharris88 Does this apply for any kind of sugar or is this just white sugar? I know some folks use turbinado cane, corn sugar, honey, etc.
Refer to the nutritional facts of the sweetener you're using.

Example:
Honey
Serving Size: 21g / 1 Tbsp
Sugar: 17g

So this is 81% sugar (17/21). Need 1.23 lbs of honey to make 1 lb of sugar.
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