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raysmithtx 10-18-2012 06:43 PM

Adding the sugar included in the kit
I have a Brewers Best "English Brown Ale" kit. The kit included 2 packages of sugar. One labeled 'priming sugar'. I have read the directions at least 5 times and nowhere does it say when to add the other package of sugar to the wort.

The kit has specialty grains for steeping along with a package of LME and DME. So my newbie question is when do I add the larger package of sugar?

Thanks for the help.


MedicMang 10-18-2012 06:55 PM

Where did you get the kit from? Call em. I would imagine you can add it at any time during the boil.

shawnbou 10-18-2012 06:56 PM

The smaller bag labeled "priming sugar" should not be added until bottling ... I think you already know that because you didn't ask, but just making sure.

Is the larger bag of sugar labeled with what kind it is, and how much? My guess is it's either maltodextrin (unfermentable) for extra body, or dextrose/corn sugar (fermentable) for extra alcohol.

Either maltodextrin or dextrose would be added to the wort while it's boiling. If it's labeled as something else, let us know.

hotspurdotus 10-18-2012 07:00 PM


Assuming this is kit you're referring to, I don't see any mention of a 2nd bag of sugar.

Are you sure the larger bag isn't the Dry Malt Extract (DME)?

menerdari 10-18-2012 07:01 PM

My guess is that you are talking about the 2 lbs of Amber DME (dried malt extract)
That is added during the boil, I would add it at the beginning along with the liquid extract since it is a brown ale you are not really concerned with any darkening.

mcbaumannerb 10-18-2012 07:02 PM

My first brews were with Brewer's Best Kits and if I had to guess, the other bag of sugar is maltodextrin and should be added after you get the water to boil (along with the LME & DME) Check the website and if the instructions on there don't mention it you can give them a call (there is an 800 number listed on the site.)

raysmithtx 10-18-2012 10:09 PM

It was a problem with the kit packaging
Apparently the kit was either packaged wrong or someone had opened it at my local HBS and mixed up the contents. The English Brown Ale is not supposed to have any extra sugar in the package other than the priming sugar.

I contacted the manufacturer directly and received a response back in less than 2 hours. That's great customer service.

The kit is now brewed and in my fermentor.


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