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Old 01-30-2009, 03:45 AM   #1
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I'm preparing to bottle my First Brew (A Holiday Ale) on Saturday 1/31 and would like to be prepared with the correct amount of priming sugar I need for this batch. The recipe called for 5.5 gallons of water to make a 5 gallon batch and it came with 5oz of priming sugar. However, I'm not sure how much water/wort was lost to grains, hops and boil off. I probably lost around 1/4 a gallon to blow off and another 1/5 - 1/4 gallon dumping some wort out to create some room at the head of the carboy.

Without knowing the exact amount of beer, how much priming sugar should I use? What's the typical amount per gallon?

Here's a picture of the 5 Gallon carboy - maybe someone just knows how much this is... I'm planning to mark my carboy in the future.


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Old 01-30-2009, 04:20 AM   #2
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1 oz per gallon. Thats the standard.

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Old 01-30-2009, 04:37 AM   #3
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Here is a link to a handy tool that you can use for this and future batches. Enjoy!
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Use the 5 ounces, it will be close enough.

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The default is 5 oz which is normally wrong and you will be over carbonated depending on the style - use the tool schweaty posted and make sure you are bottle conditioning at least 1 week near 70 degrees.

5oz will work for sure but I seem to always be over carbed with 5.

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5oz is roughly 1 cup correct?

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Old 01-30-2009, 01:37 PM   #7
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I always hear the 4oz average for most 5 gallon batches. At least that is what I read in Palmers "How To Brew" book.

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5oz is roughly 1 cup correct?
8 US fluid ounces = 1 US cup

I know priming sugar is not "fluid," but this conversion is the standard oz->cups ratio.

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Old 01-30-2009, 02:08 PM   #9
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As a cook i was taught that you measure sugar as a liquid because it is about the same density of water. so a cup of sugar is 8 oz of sugar. 5 oz is roughly a cup of flour.

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Well, generally I use a cup of sugar.. and I've never had a problem with over-carbination or anything.

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