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Old 11-10-2009, 07:24 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,

I just bottled my first beer last night, a coffee stout, and I used corn syrup for the priming sugar. I used Beersmith to calculate the amount needed (3.25 oz for 4 gal batch). It wasn't until today when I started formulating a new brew, that I noticed Beersmith listed corn sugar and corn syrup as two different things. It doesn't describe corn syrup as a priming sugar. Are the two interchangeable? If so, did I still use the correct amount? Am I looking too far into this? Any advice would help. Cheers!

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My understanding is that corn syrup is basically just glucose and corn starch. Its probably fine, but not sure about the amount you used.

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Old 11-10-2009, 10:12 PM   #3
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....and my understanding is that corn syrup (Karo, etc.) sold in markets has preservatives that may not be conducive to good carbonation / conditioning.

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corn syrup and corn sugar definitely not interchangable. I would not use corn syrup to carb, or as a fermentable ingredient.

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As viscous as corn sugar is, I'd worry about it getting evenly distributed into the individual bottles. You may end up with some pretty uneven carbonation.

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Ok, I bought some carbonation drops to hopefully correct my mistake. I bottled both 12 oz. and 22 oz. bottles, I plan on putting drops into each of the 22 oz'ers but I'm a little scared of overcarbing the 12 oz. Any thoughts?

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