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Old 08-21-2011, 01:54 AM   #1
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So I did a hef and it has been 11 days ( 2 days with same reading). Im going for CO2 volume of 3. Do i still need to boil it in water and if so how much water do i need to boil. Thanks.

I did 2 3 gal batchs and beersmith recommended 3.48oz of corn sugar.

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So I did a hef and it has been 11 days ( 2 days with same reading). Im going for CO2 volume of 3. Do i still need to boil it in water and if so how much water do i need to boil. Thanks.

I did 2 3 gal batchs and beersmith recommended 3.48oz of corn sugar.
3 volumes may cause gushers/bottle bombs. I wouldn't do that. I'd go with 1 ounce of corn sugar per gallon of finished beer.

Anyway, yes, dissolve your priming sugar in some boiling water and boil for a couple of minutes before cooling and using in your bottling bucket. The amount of water doesn't matter at all, but it's easiest to use about 1 cup.
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Bring 1 to 2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add the 3.48 oz of sugar. Return to the heat and boil for at least 5 minutes to sanitize. Pour it into the bottling bucket with your beer and stir well. The amount of water won't affect the gravity very much.

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Bring 1 to 2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add the 3.48 oz of sugar. Return to the heat and boil for at least 5 minutes to sanitize. Pour it into the bottling bucket with your beer and stir well. The amount of water won't affect the gravity very much.
30 seconds at 160 F is enough to kill anything we might be concerned with. Not necessary to bring it to a boil to sanitize.

But .... It is best to boil the sugar solution to boil off any entrained oxygen in the water. Tap water has a lot of oxygen in it..
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3 volumes may cause gushers/bottle bombs. I wouldn't do that. I'd go with 1 ounce of corn sugar per gallon of finished beer.

Anyway, yes, dissolve your priming sugar in some boiling water and boil for a couple of minutes before cooling and using in your bottling bucket. The amount of water doesn't matter at all, but it's easiest to use about 1 cup.
I read on Ed's ( Bee Cave Hef) that a traditional German Hef is 3volumes. But I don't want popping/fizzing going on in my mouth or bottle bombs.

If i went with what you were say 1 ounce per gal i would then do 3oz. Which i think i will do. Thanks

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Bring 1 to 2 cups of water to a boil, remove from heat and add the 3.48 oz of sugar. Return to the heat and boil for at least 5 minutes to sanitize. Pour it into the bottling bucket with your beer and stir well. The amount of water won't affect the gravity very much.
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30 seconds at 160 F is enough to kill anything we might be concerned with. Not necessary to bring it to a boil to sanitize.

But .... It is best to boil the sugar solution to boil off any entrained oxygen in the water. Tap water has a lot of oxygen in it..
Very much appreciated!

About to boil now
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I do my hefes at 3-3.5vol every time and have never had any sort of bottle problem, so I wouldn't worry about it.

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I like to use 2C of boiled water,or at least 150-160F before mixing in priming sugar. Just stir it in till the water clears again. Put a lid on it & let it cool till needed. Or,as I've found,I put it on a pot holder on my brew stand about 2' away from my 12" turbo fan I normally use for cooling FV's. It'll cool down to pitch temp in about 10 minutes.
I think using 2C of water allows for a thinner mixture that blends in more easily in the bottling bucket.
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