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Old 01-08-2013, 08:53 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I am new to the forum today and I have a question about my first time brewing. I recently got a recipe from a local beer shop which I can post if needed. My question is: when do I use priming sugar? The recipe calls for dry malts (which I have) will these create the carbonation in the beer? Sorry if this question seems elementary I am a first time brewer. Thanks for your help in advance. I can post the recipe if needed.

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:56 PM   #2
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The priming sugar is what's going to provide the carbonation. You're going to mix that into the wort before you bottle it. The residual yeast in the wort is eat the priming sugar and make the carbonation. The dry malt is the bulk of your recipe and will make your alcohol and flavor.

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You will use the priming sugar when you are ready to bottle, not on your brew day.
Just set it aside for now. You wont need it for a couple weeks.

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Hello, the Dry malts are for making the wort (beer) and the priming sugar is added after fermentation is done and right before bottling.

Mix the priming sugar in 2 cups of boiling water, let cool to 70 deg then put in the bottling bucket, then rack your beer on top of the sugar/water, then bottle.

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use dry malts and hops first. Add yeast and ferment. After a couple weeks in the fermenter, when the beer is ready for bottling, THEN add the priming sugar. It is the last thing you do to the beer, immediately before bottling

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Thanks guys! I thought that is when I should use the priming sugar but wanted to be sure. It seems like there is a lot of info here. One more question if you don't mind...I have a glass carboy to put my wort in. When it's time to bottle I would put the beer in the bottling bucket that came with my kit, correct? Also is the priming sugar something I can buy at the beer shop? Thanks again this is a huge help!

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I don't have a bottling bucket so I can't say if it's better than going from the carboy or not. Though if it's the carboy that you used for primary fermentation, I would definitely transfer to the bucket first.

The priming sugar should be available at your brew store. I know all of the stores around me have an ample supply of it in various quantities to fit your needs.

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Thanks guys! I thought that is when I should use the priming sugar but wanted to be sure. It seems like there is a lot of info here. One more question if you don't mind...I have a glass carboy to put my wort in. When it's time to bottle I would put the beer in the bottling bucket that came with my kit, correct? Also is the priming sugar something I can buy at the beer shop? Thanks again this is a huge help!
Yes, ferment in the carboy. Transfer to the bucket when it is time to bottle. Your LHBS should stock priming sugar, if is any good at all
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Seems like a good way to go, and yes, I imagine every local brew store has priming sugar(corn sugar) on the planet, or at least they should...

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Corn sugar is what's prefered, if not dry malt extract (DME), but table sugar, brown sugar, honey, etc. can be used.

I used to use carbonation drops, but forgot to order some, and so on bottling day I had to make due with table sugar. And I've been using it ever since. It's cheap and always available, and it doesn't count towards my beer supply allowance!

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