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Old 07-28-2013, 11:33 PM   #1
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Default First attempt at batch priming

I am going to be bottling in a bit, and figured I would give batch priming a try. I am using a Wilko's Light Golden Lager kit I picked up in the UK, and the instructions say 1/2 tsp per pint, which works out to about 100grams altogether. I feel like that is a bit low, as my last batch was a Coopers Lager, and with the carbonation drops it worked out to 200grams.


I tried one of the calculators, and using European lager it said 166grams, so should I go with that? Or should I go with something else?

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Old 07-29-2013, 12:47 AM   #2
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If your batch is 5gal I would go with 5oz corn sugar works out to be about a cup

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Old 07-29-2013, 12:54 AM   #3
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If your batch is 5gal I would go with 5oz corn sugar works out to be about a cup
Thats what I have been doing mostly..
http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/
That gets you a bit more specific
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:41 AM   #4
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Thanks. Think I got the right amount in. Now just waiting on the sediment to settle, as I only have the one bucket.

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Thanks. Think I got the right amount in. Now just waiting on the sediment to settle, as I only have the one bucket.
This is confusing. You should be bottling immediately after adding priming sugar.
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This is confusing. You should be bottling immediately after adding priming sugar.
Hmmm... yes. You should rack onto the sugar in the bottling bucket and leave the trub and sediment behind in the fermentor. If some gets in, no big deal. (A little bit will *always* get in.) Just bottle anyway. Maybe your last bottle will have a lot of sediment in it. That's okay. Just mark it some how as the trubby bottle.
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Thanks. Think I got the right amount in. Now just waiting on the sediment to settle, as I only have the one bucket.
Oh, wait. you mean you added priming sugar directly into the fermenter?

Ooh, not a good idea in general because of the sediment and difficulty in mixing the sugar. I did that once during a particularly awful bottling day. It'll be okay but you beer will have more sediment than it should. But you should continue with carb tabs or sugar directly into bottles until you get an actual bottling bucket.

The beer I did tastes fine (I was really lucky and had no oxidation) but I need to pour it through a strainer as each bottle has nearly 1/2 of silt on the bottom.
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Hmmm... yes. You should rack onto the sugar in the bottling bucket and leave the trub and sediment behind in the fermentor. If some gets in, no big deal. (A little bit will *always* get in.) Just bottle anyway. Maybe your last bottle will have a lot of sediment in it. That's okay. Just mark it some how as the trubby bottle.
I was following what it said in John Palmer's How to Brew guide. It said if you only had the one bucket, add the sugar water, stir gently, and wait for any sediment to settle.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter11-4.html
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I was following what it said in John Palmer's How to Brew guide. It said if you only had the one bucket, add the sugar water, stir gently, and wait for any sediment to settle.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter11-4.html
That would be in the bottling bucket and the wait would be only, IMO 5 - 10 minutes at the most. I don't wait and by the time I finish bottling what would settle is already at the bottom.

I suppose that if you are bottling straight from primary you could stir in the sugar solution then siphon VERY carefully. If you don't have one I suggest you get a bottling bucket.
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If you wait for more than 10-15 minutes, the yeast will start eating that added sugar. The CO2 they produce prior to bottling will simply escape. Please get a bottling bucket for the next time.

If you have a Lowes store nearby, they have food-grade 5-gallon white plastic buckets and lids in the paint dept. They are very inexpensive. Add an Italian spigot and you are good to go. If you're not into DIY, buy an already-built bucket at the brew store.

Also, when using a priming calculator, measure the sugar by weight, not volume. It's much more accurate.
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