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Old 10-05-2012, 03:11 AM   #1
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About to bottle my third batch but I don't have a scale to weigh out my priming sugar. A guy lent me his but I don't think I did it right on batch number two... We don't speak of batch number 1. I don't think I weighed out enough sugar for number 2. Beers a little flat. If i stir it up with a spoon i get some action on the head but not much. On my own this weekend and need a quick fix to figure out how much sugar to use. If I'm supposed to use 4-5 oz for 5 gallons (right?) how can I convert that into measuring cups? I know this is not the proper way to weigh but im in a pinch!



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Old 10-05-2012, 03:18 AM   #2
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1/2 cup and 1 cup of water is what I always use.



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1/2 cup and 1 cup of water is what I always use.
That's simple enough. The guys at my HBS looked at me like I was crazy when I asked them
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A lot of people here on the forum have similar experiences with there LHBS. They mean well but some are more knowledgable then others on giving advice and answering things.

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That's simple enough. The guys at my HBS looked at me like I was crazy when I asked them
Because you are a bit, you really need a scale.

Is that half cup compacted? Half cup just poured in? Thats why weight is useful because its not subjective.

That said 1/2 cup is way too little, its only like 2.5oz.

Source: I just went and measured out 1/2 cup of Dextrose (not compacted at all, just poured into a measuring cup) and weighed it.

Use 3/4ths of a cup if you must, or just a little less than a cup if you want higher carb...should put you around 5oz...still dangerous to measure that way.

Get a $20 scale asap, so you stop making $30-40 worth of flat beer every batch
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About to bottle my third batch but I don't have a scale to weigh out my priming sugar. A guy lent me his but I don't think I did it right on batch number two... We don't speak of batch number 1. I don't think I weighed out enough sugar for number 2. Beers a little flat. If i stir it up with a spoon i get some action on the head but not much. On my own this weekend and need a quick fix to figure out how much sugar to use. If I'm supposed to use 4-5 oz for 5 gallons (right?) how can I convert that into measuring cups? I know this is not the proper way to weigh but im in a pinch!
http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/

cups/grams/ounces.
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It would be a compacted half a cup sorry. A cup of sugar weighs approx 7 oz I've weighed sugar dozens of times. There's also co2 still in solution of your beer..., so per beer smith, you'd usually use between 3.5-4 oz of sugar for priming. So like I said before, about half a cup. My beers are never flat, I know this works. Though investing in a digital scale would be a good idea. That way you can weigh grain, spices, priming sugar, etc....

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http://www.ochef.com/1533.htm this may also help
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I got a great little digital scale on eBay for little more than the cost of shipping. Suitable for pharmacists, drug dealers, and homebrewers.

Now that I think of it, "pharmacists and drug dealers" is a bit redundant. Whatever. Cheers!

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I got a great little digital scale on eBay for little more than the cost of shipping. Suitable for pharmacists, drug dealers, and homebrewers.

Now that I think of it, "pharmacists and drug dealers" is a bit redundant. Whatever. Cheers!
We prefer to be called "street pharmacists"


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