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WillPall 12-06-2009 05:36 AM

Sanitizing Priming Sugar
 
Is there any way to sanitize/sterilize your priming sugar without putting it in water and boiling? Not that it's any problem, I'm just curious.

killian 12-06-2009 08:36 AM

you could try carb tabs or carb drops

hoplobster 12-06-2009 02:02 PM

Mixing your priming sugar w/ a pint of water and boiling is the best method to make sure that it's completely sanitary, and I can't really think of another way to achieve that state.

I've always boiled my priming solution, but I've heard of quite a few people that just throw the sugar in the bucket and rack the beer on top of it with good results... I'm not making a recommendation, but at this point, the beer is finished and there is alcohol in it, so I'm thinking the risk of infection is rather low, but why even leave that to chance? :)

annasdadhockey 12-06-2009 02:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hoplobster (Post 1722098)
I'm not making a recommendation, but at this point, the beer is finished and there is alcohol in it, so I'm thinking the risk of infection is rather low, but why even leave that to chance? :)

I agree, especially at that stage. Infections at that stage mean bottle bombs.

Revvy 12-06-2009 02:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hoplobster (Post 1722098)
Mixing your priming sugar w/ a pint of water and boiling is the best method to make sure that it's completely sanitary, and I can't really think of another way to achieve that state.

Yeah, there really isn't a better way. Will, what's your issue with adding a couple of cups of sugar water to your beer? It's not going to dillute the beer any, just the opposite, you actually get something like a .087 or soething like that, boost in your abv.

WillPall 12-06-2009 05:05 PM

Like I said, I don't really have any problems with it, I was just curious. I mainly hate having to cool any amount of water in an ice bath. I've already done enough with cooling the wort, why am I tortured with more? ;)

Thanks for the replies though. I'll just keep doing what I'm doing.

Hammy71 12-06-2009 05:11 PM

I don't cool my priming sugar solution at all. The small amount of liquid your adding won't do a thing to your beer/yeast. I just dump half in the bucket as I start to rack and the rest half of the way through.

Revvy 12-06-2009 05:48 PM

I don't really cool mine off in a bath anymore either. I just have it rolled into my bottling process that it is off the flame for 10 or more minutes while I'm finishing up my bottle sanitization .

I used to worry about that too, but someone pointed out that even 2 cups of water is going to be rapidly cooled by 5 gallons of beer.

malkore 12-07-2009 09:30 PM

I do the same as Revvy. I pre-boil the water and priming sugar so its cooled down a little bit, pour into the bottle bucket and rack right on top of it.

dunnright00 12-07-2009 09:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Hammy71 (Post 1722376)
I just dump half in the bucket as I start to rack and the rest half of the way through.

I think I need to start doing this.

I've been having some inconsistent carbonation in some of my batches.


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