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Old 03-02-2012, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default how much priming sugar to use?

I brewed a Blonde ale about 2 weeks ago that is currently sitting in secondary (due to me needing primary bucket for batch of APA), and it looks pretty clear and about 1/4 inch of sediment in bottom. I have 2 questions. 1)I didn't top off wort to 5 gallons and the batch ended up at just under 4.5 gallons. I need to know how much priming sugar to add for this amount of beer. 2)Beer is looking pretty clear! Is there gonna be enough yeast to carb my brews in bottle, and if not what can I do about this?

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Old 03-02-2012, 11:50 PM   #2
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there will be plenty of yeast remaining in suspension to carb your beer. There are multiple online calculators to help determine the appropriate amount of priming sugar. Just do a general google search for "carbonation calculator."

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Here is the one I have been using with good success:

http://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator/

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What about taking into account the residual sugar in the beer itself?

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What about taking into account the residual sugar in the beer itself?
Assuming it got to final gravity, there is next to no residual fermentable sugar in the beer.

A bigger thing to consider is the temperature of the beer. The lower the max temp during or after fermentation, the more dissolved CO2 will be left in solution. This can affect final carbonation. I believe it is accounted for by an input in the calculators, but I'm not sure
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http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html
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Priming calculators do take ferment temp into the equation. Here's the one I use; http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html
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[QUOTE=freisste;4659767]Assuming it got to final gravity, there is next to no residual fermentable sugar in the beer.

Let's say the final gravity is 1.010. Shouldn't there be about 10 units of sugar left?

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Not the fermentable kind. Those are long chain sugars that give body,color,& flavor/aroma. Thoe gravity numbers generally give the weight of the liquid compared to water.
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5 ounces of corn sugar is standard for a five gallon batch.

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