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Old 06-20-2011, 01:00 AM   #1
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Default Black Ale Priming Sugar

Any suggestions for how much corn sugar I should use for a 5 gallon batch of black ale that's due to be bottled tomorrow?

The normal calculator I use doesn't list that particular style. Beer will be approx 64/65 degrees at bottling. What's the suggested volume of CO2 for this style?

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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Old 06-20-2011, 01:25 AM   #2
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Well, I would carb it to ~ the same as a pale ale. 2.4 volumes would probably be nice (for me). A 5 gal batch at 65 degrees would need 4oz of corn sugar or 5.6oz DME.

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Well, I would carb it to ~ the same as a pale ale. 2.4 volumes would probably be nice (for me). A 5 gal batch at 65 degrees would need 4oz of corn sugar or 5.6oz DME.
Thanks for the advice. The Brit in me will make me knock the fizz back a bit, so I'll probably go with 3.5oz of corn sugar unless someone chimes in thinking that would be a bit too flat.
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Instead of guessing, use this calculation tool/site to figure out how much sugar you'll need... http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/rec...rbonation.html

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Yea, I used the beersmith tool to get to 2.4 volumes. I'd use a tool to get your appropriate level.

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I've seen that tool, but as a beginner I'm still guessing as to how much carbonation I personally want! Furthermore, black ale isn't on the list of that calculator, as I mentioned in my OP.

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