Originally Posted by joesixpack
The priming sugar came with the kit so it's not really a money issue other then I paid for it so I might as well use it. It does seem useless since the Co2 will carb the beer but since my LBS recommend it I was curious. I'm just going to ask them why they recommend it the next time I visit them.
As you said, since you paid for it, you might as well use it. It's useless when carbing since you're force carbing, so you might as well use it in the boil. It'll increase the ABV a negligible amount- maybe .25% ABV added to the alcohol content.
Can you buy a fresh made kit, and save $1 or $2 and not buy the priming sugar? The online brewstores I shop from, austinhomebrew.com, northernbrewer.com, and brewmasterswarehouse.com don't make you buy priming sugar you don't need.