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Old 11-15-2007, 08:18 PM   #1
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how much corn sugar per bottle (16 oz) if i wanted to prime just a few bottles instead of a whole 5-gallon batch?

it would be helpful if the amount could be in fractions of a teaspoon, rather than by weight. i don't have a scale that accurate.

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:20 PM   #2
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I wouldn't recommend this. You'd need less than the amount from an eye dropper droplet. It's too hard to get that small of an amount...

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:21 PM   #3
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how much corn sugar per bottle (16 oz) if i wanted to prime just a few bottles instead of a whole 5-gallon batch?
Do yourself a favor, and pick up a bag of carb tabs. They are basically little pellets of sugar you drop in the bottle. I keg nearly everything, but I like to bottle a six pack of each batch, just to stash away for posterity. It's a breeze to just drop a single Cooper tab in each bottle, a lot easier than trying to accurately measure and dispense tiny amounts of corn sugar.
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Old 11-15-2007, 08:25 PM   #4
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those carb drops are about the size of a cough drop, right? that's not a fraction of a drop.

c'mon. i've got the corn sugar right here. i don't any carb tabs. it's raining out and the LHBS guy is a dick.

anybody do this?

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:30 PM   #5
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OK 3/4 cup for 5 gallons.

5 gallons = 640 oz

3/4 cup = 36 teaspoons

I figure .9 teaspoon per bottle

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Old 11-15-2007, 08:36 PM   #6
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I know i saw a measuring spoon that measured out the correct amount for 12, 16 or 22 oz bottles. I think it was at austin homebrew but i don't see it there now.

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excellent.

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OK 3/4 cup for 5 gallons.

5 gallons = 640 oz

3/4 cup = 36 teaspoons

I figure .9 teaspoon per bottle
This is about right although I'd shoot for the low side of that (maybe 3/4 tsp or something?)...

It's still not the preferred method, but its definitely not the "fraction of an eye dropper droplet" or whatever was said above, either.

The preferred method would be the carb tabs and/or to carb your keg and bottle from it with a bottle filler (Biermuncher bottle filler suggested...)
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It is going to be really hard to measure those out properly. Too much and you risk bottle bombs. Too little and your beer will be flat. Be careful and good luck.

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It is going to be really hard to measure those out properly. Too much and you risk bottle bombs. Too little and your beer will be flat. Be careful and good luck.
What he said, but if you insist... I would at least definitely using a measuring spoon and not a normal tablespoon.

Also, if you plan to do this in the future, spend the $3-4 and buy the priming spoon someone mentioned above. I'm sure some of the online vendors have these...
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