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Old 06-23-2012, 02:47 AM   #1
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I'm bottling tomorrow and have a quick question. Brewing guides all say to disturb the fermented brew as little as possible when racking to a bottling bucket. However, if you pour in your priming sugar mix after boiling and then gently rack in your brew how do you get a good mix with the primer? Is it OK to stir after racking to the bottling bucket?

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I'm bottling tomorrow and have a quick question. Brewing guides all say to disturb the fermented brew as little as possible when racking to a bottling bucket. However, if you pour in your priming sugar mix after boiling and then gently rack in your brew how do you get a good mix with the primer? Is it OK to stir after racking to the bottling bucket?
Don't stir it, just add your boiled and cooled priming sugar liquid to your bottling bucket and rack your beer into it, that process will sufficiently mix.
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I'd also suggest consulting a bottle priming guide for sugar quantity (such as tastybrew.com) rather than the obligatory 5 oz included in most kits

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Put your siphon hose at the side of the bucket so that it creates an eddy. This will mix the solution well enough. I thought I was not getting a good mix so I took a sanitized spoon and gently stirred. (no splashing) I didn't see much difference.

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I would also suggest first pour your priming sugar (I boil 2 cups of water and 3/4 cups of cane sugar for a minute a so, then cool down to room temp) in the bucket, then the beer flow will mix with this sugar by itself. Sometimes I forget, and then add this "syrup" to the full bucket. In this case I just stir it with a long spoon, going slow and gentle - never noticed any difference.

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I'd also suggest consulting a bottle priming guide for sugar quantity (such as tastybrew.com) rather than the obligatory 5 oz included in most kits
I second this! The 5oz. packs are a major problem because you usually don't end up with 5 gallons in the bottling bucket and even if you do, it might be more than the style calls for. I learned my lesson after a few batches because it sucks to end up with half a glass of head
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I gently stir mine. The priming sugar solution is heavier then your beer and has a hard time mixing with the beer. I stir mine after every 6 bottles to keep it evenly distributed.

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Thanks for all the replies. I ended up stirring gently. I did use the whole 5 oz. package of priming sugar, we'll see how it goes.

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Thanks for all the replies. I ended up stirring gently. I did use the whole 5 oz. package of priming sugar, we'll see how it goes.
Shouldn't be a big deal. You might wanna toss one in the fridge 2 weeks in or so and see how the carbonation is though
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My racking hose reaches from my autosiphon to the bottom of my bottling bucket, where it creates a whirlpool. When racking starts, I pour in the boiling priming sugar mixture in, and in five years of brewing, I've no evidence that it doesn't mix thoroughly. The fact that it's hot doesn't seem to hurt anything, and two cups of liquid can't raise the temperature of 5 gallons of beer appreciably....

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