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Old 10-05-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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Hi, I have heard that corn sugar is the best choice for priming sugar when bottling. I know that corn sugar and high fructose corn syrup are two different things, but there is a corn syrup that would work for priming sugar right? It just seems to me like it would really dissolve into water quite easily.

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Old 10-05-2010, 01:37 PM   #2
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Corn sugar dissolves pretty easily, too. Dump it in and stir it.

EDIT: I was too cheap with my words. I meant it dissolves easily in water (for boiling!)

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Dump it in and stir it.
Neither of those are optimal methods for priming your beer, unless you like liquid cardboard or possibly infected beer.

The easiest way is to boil your priming sugar in two cups of water, let it cool and add it to the bottling bucket while racking, letting the motion of the beer as it rises in the bucket mix the beer and the priming solution.

I don't know that corn syrup wouldn't work as a priming material, but you would need to know the sugar content in the volume of syrup to calculate how much to use. AND you would also need to boil it in some water.

Boiling not only dillutes the sugar, but it also most importantly sanitizes it.

If you stir you run the risk of adding unwanted oxygen to the beer, which could cause oxydation and leave you with a wet cardboard taste, which I try to avoid, by letting the Coriolis effect take effect.

There are some great tips for bottling here, http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bott...ebrewer-94812/
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Store-bought corn syrup, such as Karo, contains other unwanted ingredients such as preservatives. I can't remember offhand what they are, but the label will tell you. Best to just use the corn sugar, as Revvy said.

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Revvy said "If you stir you run the risk of adding unwanted oxygen to the beer, which could cause oxydation and leave you with a wet cardboard taste, which I try to avoid, by letting the Coriolis effect take effect".


ya but do you fill with your left hand when in the southern hemisphere?

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If you are just looking for something easily available, plain old table sugar works fine for priming. Like corn sugar though, you need to boil it first and then rack on top of it in the bottling bucket.

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Everyone has probably noticed that the corn syrup industry is under some pretty heavy fire lately. I've heard they are trying to change the name from "corn syrup" to "corn sugar" as a result. That is really going to F with us isn't it.

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Everyone has probably noticed that the corn syrup industry is under some pretty heavy fire lately. I've heard they are trying to change the name from "corn syrup" to "corn sugar" as a result. That is really going to F with us isn't it.
Yeah I've been thinking the same thing. It sucks. As one of those folks who buys "bootleg" mexican coke with REAL sugar, I hate how "High Fructose corn syrup" has taken over the market place, and now they want to make it all sound so nice and "organic."
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Yeah I've even been buying the new corn syrup free ketchups. You ever buy those Jarritos sodas? Those are really good too. I developed a real hatred for corn syrup after watching the documentary "King Corn."

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