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Old 07-06-2013, 11:07 PM   #1
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Planning to bottle my first brew this week, just thought I'd check in and see if there's anything is should make sure to do or try to avoid...

I have about 60 bottles, all pry off tops, ready to go. I am a little confused on what to use as a priming sugar. I'm brewing a hefeweizen if that makes any difference. Is plain table sugar good enough or do I need a specialty sugar of some kind?

Like I said, ANY advice is much appreciated, no matter how obvious it may seem.
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Table sugar will do fine. But different sugars & DME's take different amounts. Use this calculator per style to find how much by weight for a given style; http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

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The best two choices for priming sugar would be Corn Sugar or Dry Extract. You do need to make sure that you have enough but not too much of priming. 3/4 cup of Corn Sugar is usually adequate but may be too much or too little depending on the style.

I've never used Table Sugar for priming and I've also never made a Hefeweizen.

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It takes a bit more table sugar compared to dextrose (corn sugar). you'll see this in the provided priming calculator.

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How about cleaning/sanitizing the bottles? Don't want to get this far and get a contamination...

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Well,I delabel & clean the bottles initially in PBW overnight. This makes the labels float right off,& the glue dissolve or get very soft. A Dobie brand scrubber & bottle brush make short work of cleaning them. If the bottles are just being reused from HB,then drain,rinse scrub with bottle brush & rinse again. Either way,they go onto the bottle tree to drip dry before storage or using. Sanitize with starsan & onto the bottle tree right before filling. I use a vinator that fits the top of my bottle tree for this step. Quicker & easier.

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It takes a bit more table sugar compared to dextrose (corn sugar). you'll see this in the provided priming calculator.
I don't think so
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Ooops,you're right. I just checked & I remembered it backwards. All the time I spend reading thinking & typing...& I still mis-remember things now & then. I guess you can't always beat father time at his own game. This aging thing def works...

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Just realized I dumped my priming solution into the bottling bucket, probably oxygenated it pretty good. Will that little amount of solution (2 cups) be enough to skunk the beer?

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Just realized I dumped my priming solution into the bottling bucket, probably oxygenated it pretty good. Will that little amount of solution (2 cups) be enough to skunk the beer?
My money is on it being just fine.
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