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Old 09-12-2009, 10:44 PM   #1
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hay guys, first time posting here but have been lurking for a while and learned much. My question has to do with bottling a 5 gallon batch. I have done 2 kits before, and my first one I added the 5oz of sugar that came with the kit. This did not give enough carbonation for my liking. I talked to a guy at my LHB and he urged me not to put in any more than 5oz or my bottles could explode. So on my second batch I added about 6oz and while a little better it was still under carbed for my liking. How much would be too much priming sugar? I know there are many parameters in the answer but I was just looking for a ballpark number....thanks in advance

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:06 PM   #2
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Five ounces is about max on priming sugar. My question is how long are you waiting to try your beer and at what temperature are you conditioning them?

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:10 PM   #3
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Ive had them conditioning at about 75. I have tried some at 2 weeks and 5 weeks and they have been the same. At 5 weeks I put a few in the fridge and let them sit over a week and still about the same carb level

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:22 PM   #4
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Time and temperature seem right on. Are you weighing your priming sugar or using a measuring cup?

Sorry to ask but it's the only one other thing I can think of. Are you comparing the carbonation of homebrew to the carbonation level in thin, mass produced swill? I find mass produced swill overly carbonated.

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Old 09-12-2009, 11:42 PM   #5
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the kits came with 5 oz packs of corn sugar. I am comparing to commercial beer but mjy brews are much less carbed. I get very little head when I pour them

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Old 09-13-2009, 10:24 PM   #6
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bump as I am about to bottle next batch

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Is 5 oz really max? I used the calculator on TastyBrew and it's telling me to use 9 oz. for my Hefe

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They list the carbonation for Hefes at 4 volumes, which is HUGE. A saison is "effervescent" according to style (like a Hefe) and I usually carb around 3-3.2 volumes on those, and TastyBrew shows the recommended volumes for Saison much lower, like 2.4.

I use TastyBrew's calculator, but for some styles I just plain don't trust their recommendations and use my own instead.

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Old 10-30-2009, 12:30 PM   #9
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Thanks, would 9 oz even be safe?

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Thanks, would 9 oz even be safe?
I don't know how much co2 pressure glass bottles can hold before exploding. I wouldn't try it, though.
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