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Old 05-23-2008, 11:28 AM   #1
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My question involves how much priming sugar to use now that I am ready to bottle. I have seen instructions that call for 3/4 cup sugar for 5 gallon batches. However, my batch comes in under 5 gallons, more like 4.25 - 4.5. How much priming sugar should I use based on the size of this batch? I just want to be sure that I don't overcarbonate and have exploding bottles going off. Thanks.

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Old 05-23-2008, 11:44 AM   #2
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for that volume, I would probably use 2/3 of a cup.

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Putting 3/4 cup cornsugar into 4.25 gallons of beer won't cause bombs, it'll just foam up like crazy when you open the bottle. I'd also cut the corn sugar to 2/3rd cup. Or start making 5.25 gallon batches!

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Gang, my mistake. I meant to say that the instructions said 2/3 cup (not 3/4) for a 5 gallon batch. So, I presumed I should probably use less than 2/3 for a less then 5 gallon batch. Thanks.

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Is that a brown ale recipe? I've never seen instructions call for that much sugar unless it's supposed to be not as carbonated as normal. You can still use 2/3rd cup sugar and it'll carb fine, or just use between 1/2 to 2/3rds cup.

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Even though I rarely bottle these days, when I do, I like to use TastyBrew's Priming Calculator. It allows you to calculate based on volumes of CO2 (and gives you a drop down of styles so you can stay within a style if that matters to you) based on how many gallons you have. Then it gives you the results in weight, not volume.

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When it comes to priming sugar I DO NOT recommend that anyone use the cup measurement.

I prefer to use weight because powder in cups can compress which will end up being more than you really wanted to use.

The general rule/recommendation is 4 oz for 5 gals...so... 4 oz / 5 gal = .8 oz...so I recommend using .8 oz of CS per gal of beer.

This is much simpler (if you have a good scale, that is) because you can alter it for 4.5 gals or 5.5, etc. and add the appropriate amount.

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It depends on what you are bottling. The hefe I just bottled used 6oz for 5gal and the ESB used .75oz for 5gal, so there is no perfect amount for every beer.
I also use the Tastybrew calculator

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fill each bottle to the rim with sugar, then rack as much beer into the bottle as you can. you'll get plenty of carbonation.

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Even though I rarely bottle these days, when I do, I like to use TastyBrew's Priming Calculator. It allows you to calculate based on volumes of CO2 (and gives you a drop down of styles so you can stay within a style if that matters to you) based on how many gallons you have. Then it gives you the results in weight, not volume.
This is kind of off topic but when using that calculator they have for keg carbing, how long is that based off of? Like it tells me what psi to set it to according to my temp, but how long am I to keep it on the gas?
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