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Old 01-16-2011, 01:28 AM   #1
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I forgot to pick up the priming sugar when I purchased all my ingredients at the home brew store for my current batch of beer. I can run down there tomorrow but wanted to know if I could get it at the supermarket. What kind of sugar is it anyway? I think it supposed to be corn sugar but that is going by memory.

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Ps. It's for a Belgian Witbier that I hope to bottle tomorrow or Monday.

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Old 01-16-2011, 01:37 AM   #2
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Yes corn sugar is 'priming sugar' but you can use cane sugar, DME, and I've even heard of people using honey but the nice thing about corn sugar and I think cane sugar is that it is 100% fermentable so it imparts no flavor on the beer.

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I use cane sugar if I don't have corn sugar...no problem....relax

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You are not going to find corn sugar at the supermarket. White cane sugar will work fine. If your 5 Gal recipe calls for 3/4 cup of corn sugar use 2/3 cup table sugar. There are a lot of things you can use but table sugar is probably your best bet. Do a google search or search this site and you will get all the specifics you need.

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you can use this calculator for whatever sugar you find: http://www.brewheads.com/priming.php

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you can use this calculator for whatever sugar you find: http://www.brewheads.com/priming.php
Definitely figure out the conversion for what you want. Not all sugars are the same so you need to use different amounts for whatever level of carbonation you want.
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Thanks everybody!

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This calculator kind of gives you an idea based on brews you might be familiar with (as well as conversions based on type of sugar).
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How much water do i use? Both calculators do a great job at telling how much cane sugar or corn sugar to use but not sure on the water amount. I've seen 2 cups of water w/ sugar boiled for 10 minutes somewhere but will keep digging.

Anyone?? Thoughts?

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You just want enough water to dissolve the sugar. I usually just grab some bottled water and use about half of a small bottle.

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