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Old 04-11-2009, 01:59 AM   #11
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Nothing special about 2 mins. It just gives me some slack time in case I start doing something else while waiting.

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Old 04-11-2009, 05:39 AM   #12
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Don't stress out, home brewing is supposed to be relaxing.

My priming solution consists of 2 cups of water and 1 cup of corn sugar tossed in the microwave for 3 minutes. I've made close to 50 batches using this combo with no problems.

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Old 04-11-2009, 10:34 AM   #13
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I only heat the water to boiling just so the sugar will dissolve readily. Once it's heated I dump it right into the bottling bucket.

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Old 04-11-2009, 01:05 PM   #14
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Off flavors from boiling your sugar water???

Relax you are being uber paranoid. You won't get off flavors from boiling sugar water.

The purpose of boiling the sugar solution is to sanitize it...but it won't affect the flavor fo your beer.
I am not 100% convinced of this. My first 8 batches have all had a bad off flavor (see here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/8-ba...flavor-104841/) and this is one of my few possible remaining causes. I have been boiling the snot out of my sugar water for 10-15 minutes to the point the water turnes slightly caramel colored. I'm afraid I may have been caramelizing the sugar or causing malliard reaction. Anyway I have an experiment in bottles right now where I primed it about 5+ different ways. I'll know for sure in about a week or so. Oh and I have tried to RDWHAHB, it didn't work - so I'm going the paranoia route.
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Old 04-11-2009, 02:33 PM   #15
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i just bottled a cider, and had a major brain fart and just dumped the priming sugar(no boil) right into my bottling bucket. i checked my bottles this morning and can see a little bit of yeast settling on the bottom of bottle. is this a sign of carbing? either way i'm not worried i'm gonna wait another week pop a top and if theres no sign at all of carbonation i will just drop some carb tabs in there. what do you guys think??

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Old 04-11-2009, 02:40 PM   #16
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i just bottled a cider, and had a major brain fart and just dumped the priming sugar(no boil) right into my bottling bucket. i checked my bottles this morning and can see a little bit of yeast settling on the bottom of bottle. is this a sign of carbing? either way i'm not worried i'm gonna wait another week pop a top and if theres no sign at all of carbonation i will just drop some carb tabs in there. what do you guys think??
I think you'll be fine. I originally learned to brew from a friend of a friend who I now recognize was also a n00b, and we brewed a dozen batches before ever reading a book or anything. We always just dumped the priming sugar in dry and it worked adequately. Got some bottle bombs once, but that's about it. We also never sanitized anything, never used the hydrometer, always pitched liquid yeast from the vial, fermented way too hot, etc. etc.
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Old 04-11-2009, 03:09 PM   #17
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i just bottled a cider, and had a major brain fart and just dumped the priming sugar(no boil) right into my bottling bucket. i checked my bottles this morning and can see a little bit of yeast settling on the bottom of bottle. is this a sign of carbing? either way i'm not worried i'm gonna wait another week pop a top and if theres no sign at all of carbonation i will just drop some carb tabs in there. what do you guys think??
It'll be fine.

When I prime my 5 liter kegs I just dump in 1 TBS dry...never had a problem...
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:25 PM   #18
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never boiled sugar before , no issues

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