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Old 01-21-2013, 11:34 AM   #1
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Default Priming my first batch.

I'm about to bottle my second ever batch of homebrew and don't know too much about how to prime the bottles and portions of sugar and such. The biggest issue I think I have is that I don't have a secondary I can rack into so I'm worried ill stir up the trub when I mix it in. The first time I bottled I used glucose drops but can't get any this time. Please advise.

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Old 01-21-2013, 11:51 AM   #2
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Here's a good reference on the topic:
http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter11.html

The usual way to bottle is to move the beer to a bottling bucket, prepare a sanitary priming sugar solution, and pour the solution into the bottling bucket. A bottling wand attaches to the spigot and makes bottling really easy. The beer can sit and wait until you get the bottling rig - about $20 cost.

A general rule of thumb is 1 oz (by weight) of corn sugar per gallon. A little less is good for english ales.

Here is a good carbonation calculator:
http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/rec...rbonation.html

I tried the Brewers Best priming tabs one time. The package stated the amount to be added for a 12 oz beer. I think it was 3 or 4 tablets for 12 oz. It will depend on the brand most likely.

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