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Old 03-09-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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I've decided to prime my esb with honey, just wondering how much to use for a 5 gal batch and what i need to do ( boil it with water)?



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Old 03-09-2011, 01:31 PM   #2
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I used 8 oz (as I believe I read in The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and that was WAY too much. My beer is way overcarbed. I can't tell you the exact right amount, as that's the only time I primed with honey, just don't get near 8 oz!



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It depends on how much carbonation you want. A half cup of honey will give you pretty much the same amount of carbonation as 2/3 cup of cane sugar or 3/4 cup of corn sugar. You can adjust from there.

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there's other similar calculators, but you can use this one for various sugars to use for priming

http://www.brewheads.com/priming.php

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I've decided to prime my esb with honey, just wondering how much to use for a 5 gal batch and what i need to do ( boil it with water)?
I'm intrigued. How much will you be able to taste the honey?
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If you carb with honey, will some of the aroma or taste remain?

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If you boil it, you'll largely (if not completely) lose the aroma and flavor.

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It depends on how much carbonation you want. A half cup of honey will give you pretty much the same amount of carbonation as 2/3 cup of cane sugar or 3/4 cup of corn sugar. You can adjust from there.
NEVER measure priming sugars by volume...

Even on the brewheads site linked to earlier posts: "Volume (such as cups) is not an accurate way to measure priming sugar. You don't measure your hops in cups do you? Go buy a cheap scale. If you insist on using volume instead of mass, its suggested that 3/4 cup of corn sugar is about 4 ounces. That applies for corn sugar only. "

I've had reasonable success taking the carbonation calculations from Beer Smith, and using 1.25x that in weight of honey to prime with. I used honey for my first several batches, but have started using turbinado/dememera sugar for the past couple of batches. I have one that's been carbonating for about two weeks now, that I plan to check on soon (it's an old ale, so it could take a little longer to carbonate)...

It would be a real shame to carbonate too high, or low, with a batch that you made, just because you didn't spend a few dollars on a scale. You can easily find a good one for under $20 either at places like Bed Bath and Beyond or on Amazon.com...


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