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Old 06-20-2014, 11:39 AM   #21
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can you guys tell me the best way to carbonate? when is the best time to add the priming sugar? is it okay in the secondary or just do it bottle by bottle? how long do i wait to drink after i bottle?
You wait right up until the time you bottle to add the priming sugar. What most people do is use a bottling bucket and boil the priming sugar in a small amount of water to make a solution. Then pour that into the fermentor (with sanitized funnel) and VERY gently stir your beer without causing any splashing. You should do your best to minimize contact with oxygen (room air). Then you rack your beer out of the fermentor into the bottling bucket and then into bottles. Some people will just put the priming sugar solution on the bottom of their bottling bucket and rack the beer on top of if it. It doesn't really matter which way you go, just remember the goal is to get the sugar solution distributed in the beer.

You can't add the priming sugar before you bottle because it will just ferment and all the CO2 would escape out the airlock and not carbonate your beer. You need an airtight (like a bottle) vessel for carbing.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:52 PM   #22
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What most people do is use a bottling bucket and boil the priming sugar in a small amount of water to make a solution. Then pour that into the fermentor (with sanitized funnel) and VERY gently stir your beer without causing any splashing.
Then you rack your beer out of the fermentor into the bottling bucket and then into bottles.

I'm not an experienced brewer but I read a ton of articles and this forum daily. I've never heard of anyone adding the sugar solution to the primary and then siphoning the contents to the bottling bucket?
What would be the advantage of this vs putting the sugar solution in the bottling bucket and siphoning the beer on top? Thanks.
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Old 06-20-2014, 12:58 PM   #23
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I'm not an experienced brewer but I read a ton of articles and this forum daily. I've never heard of anyone adding the sugar solution to the primary and then siphoning the contents to the bottling bucket?
What would be the advantage of this vs putting the sugar solution in the bottling bucket and siphoning the beer on top? Thanks.
The only advantage I can see of doing it that was would be that you wouldn't expose as much beer to the air as you stirred while in a carboy with small head space as opposed to a partially filled big bottling bucket.

I am not very well experienced in bottling because I went straight to kegs. I only bottled 2 or 3 batches that were given away as gifts. When I did bottle, what I listed above are the instructions I followed (which more than likely came from an extract kit i brewed years ago).

either way, I don't really think it matters much as long as you get the sugar into the beer and then cap it off.

EDIT :: Keep in mind if you have a lot of trub you are going to want to stir in the bottling bucket so you don't stir all the trub back into your beer. In my case I was still using a secondary fermenter at the time and racked once or twice prior to bottling so I didn't have any trub in my vessel. Now that I don't use any secondary fermeneter I would put the sugar into the bottling bucket and rack the beer off the trub onto the sugar.
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I make a priming solution out of 2C of boiled water & the weighed to style amount of priming sugar stirred in. Cover & cool until needed to add to the beer racking into the bottling bucket. I set the lid over the bottling bucket as far as possible while racking the beer into it.

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Up until recently, I racked into the priming solution in the bottling bucket. The problem was that my estimate of the volume of beer was sometimes off...more trub than anticipated. That led to over carbed beer. Now, I rack the beer to the bottling bucket first, then add the priming solution and gently stir with a sanitized, long handled spoon. I make sure I stir from bottom to top to distribute the primer evenly.

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