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Old 02-27-2006, 07:58 PM   #1
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I am out of priming sugar that normally comes with my Brewers best extract kits.
I was wondering, what type of sugar is it?

Can I just go to the store and buy some?

Is there any difference in what you buy at the grocery store (sugarwise) and what comes in the kits normaaly?

My guess its a powdered or granulated corn sugar?
Anyone have a suggestion for what I can look for?

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Old 02-27-2006, 08:18 PM   #2
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It's corn sugar.

White table sugar is not as good because it's sucrose. Corn sugar is fructose so it ferments more quickly and cleanly. Another option is to make invert sugar out of table sugar, but if you can get corn sugar, that's definitely easiest.

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Old 02-27-2006, 08:30 PM   #3
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How do you make invert sugar out of table sugar, just out of curiousity? I assume it's more than just turning the bag upside down.

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Old 02-27-2006, 08:31 PM   #4
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You can always prime with DME as well if you have some extra lying around. I can't remember off the top of my head, but I think its 1 1/4 cups for a 5 gal. batch

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Old 02-27-2006, 08:48 PM   #5
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Here's a thread on invert sugar:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=592

Read the whole thing because I was wrong on some points in my first post. And while I used lemon that first time, I have since bought citric acid (at the homebrew store) and it's more convenient.

It's really easy to do. I use it in a lot of my beers.

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Default priming options...

honey 1 cup
maple syrup 1.25 cup
molasses 1 cup (i only recomend using this in dark big beers the flavor is coying and overpowering)
brown sugar 2/3 cup
cane sugar 2/3 cup
d.m.e. 1.25 cup

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Old 02-27-2006, 09:55 PM   #7
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So I can go to the store and get a large amount of granulated or powder corn sugar and never have to buy priming sugar again?
As long as the recipe calls for it that is?
I havent looked at the sugar aisle latetly, is there any suprises I need to know about. Like I should get raw corn sugar or bleached or anything wierd?
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They dont sell corn sugar at most supermarkets. Look at a health food store for fructose or a hippy store like Whole Foods. Damn Hippies!!

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Just out of curiosity, what about corn syrup? Anybody ever use that? And if so, what kind of equivalents are we talking about?

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Old 02-28-2006, 03:02 AM   #10
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I hate to disagree, but I think "corn sugar" is dextrose (aka glucose). I don't think fructose can yield ethanol.

If I'm wrong, my education has been a waste.

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