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Old 01-15-2009, 01:51 PM   #1
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I just bottled my first brew last night (which was a kit from beer-win.com) and it came with pre-measured neatly labeled ingredients and instructions. My next brew will be something I found on here (clone of Mad Elf from Troegs). I have read over the instructions countless times making sure I know what to do when. The final mystery is in bottling. For my first brew it came with 5 oz of priming sugar. Am I correct in saying this is corn starch? and for my new mad elf brew should I use the same 5 oz?

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No it is not corn STARCH it is a sugar made out of corn...more specifically it is Dextrose obtained from cornstarch, but it is not cornstarch...

You can also prime with dry malt extract, and any type of sugar you want...there's plenty of threads on her talking about different types of sugars.

I also have some tips to make the bottling process easier...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revv...herwise-94812/

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No it is not corn STARCH it is a sugar made out of corn...more specifically it is Dextrose obtained from cornstarch, but it is not cornstarch...

You can also prime with dry malt extract, and any type of sugar you want...there's plenty of threads on her talking about different types of sugars.

I also have some tips to make the bottling process easier...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revv...herwise-94812/
Yeah, but Revvy, remember that one guy who primed with powdered sugar? That stuff has cornstarch in it! LOL!

No, do NOT use cornstarch! Better to use Table Sugar if you can't get corn sugar or malt extract.
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Yeah, but Revvy, remember that one guy who primed with powdered sugar? That stuff has cornstarch in it! LOL!

No, do NOT use cornstarch! Better to use Table Sugar if you can't get corn sugar or malt extract.

can i find corn suger in a grocery store or will i need to order that with my ingredients? Also how do I know how much to use?
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can i find corn suger in a grocery store or will i need to order that with my ingredients? Also how do I know how much to use?
Maybe in a health food store...but usually we order it with our ingredients.

usually it is 5 ounces for a typical 5-gallon batch of beer....but carbing to style you usually use less...each style is different and has different volumes so it is fun to tweak that.
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doubt you will be able to find it in a grocery store, i found this out when making the apfelwine a few weeks ago, went to 5 stores in one day, even went to the help counter, had no idea what corn sugar was, kept trying to send me to corn syrup. 2 differnet manangers at 2 different stores said no such thing existed and had been in the biz for 30 years. They did have every kind of cane sugar you could imagine though.

So back to to LHBS I had to go, they have 1lbs and 3lbs bags of it Was just tying to avoid going back to the LHBS as I had been there that morning anyway to get a new wine theif and auto siphon, but forgot the corn sugar i needed, and didn't want to make the 20 min drive again.

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in a pinch you can use normal table sugar,but too much and it kinda tastes cidery.It's worth the 50 cents for dextrose at your local brew supply shop.that and(may have already been said)but for a 5G batch use about 3/4 cups or bout a half teaspoon per bottle.

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Table sugar works fine, you won't be priming with near enough of it to cause any off taste. I do use dextrose most of the time because that's what you're supposed to use, but I can't tell any difference when I've used cane sugar.

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I have another tip about priming sugar...*blush*

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/1066658-post69.html

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Table sugar is fine. Measure it out by weight*, boil it up in a bit of water and go to town.

I have quit buying dextrose since I don't use it in anything anymore.


* About 5% less by weight with table sugar

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