Originally Posted by briandf21
Should I clean and sanitize the primary bucket and siphon into that, then add the sugar, or is there some way to avoid getting another bucket dirty?
Do you have a bottling bucket? Clean and sanitize that. And like the others said before, boil some water (about a cup or 2). At the last minute of the boil I put the lid on it and turn the fire off. I take the lid off and disolve my priming sugar and put the lid back on. Let that cool down to around 80F. I pour that into my bottling bucket then siphon the beer onto the sugar water. It is best NOT to stir. But it isn't the end of the world and your beer won't turn nasty. Just don't go at it like a rabbid man powered blender. A short and gentle stir is all I ever give (no faster than the original whirlpool action that you see in the beginning). I put a clean fermentor bucket lid over my bottling bucket after that and commence to bottling.
That's basically it. Just remember the rule of thumb post fermentation. Keep everything clean and if in doubt it dip it in sanitizer.