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Old 08-08-2012, 11:34 PM   #1
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Ive searched and didnt find what I wanted. I'm going to keg my 5 gallon batch but want to bottle a few that i want to save, how would I figure out how much sugar to use for a 12oz and a 22oz bottle? Thanks.

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Old 08-08-2012, 11:51 PM   #2
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Why not carb it all in the keg and then pull your bottles from there? There's a thread called something like "we dont need no stinking beer gun" that talks about how to make a quick counter pressure bottling setup. There are also several good videos on YouTube that show the process.

I've even chilled down a bottle or 2, turned the psi down to 2 on the keg and filled. Might lose a little carbonation, but for just 2 bottles I've never found it to be a big deal.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:07 AM   #3
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There bottles I want to let sit for a long period of time and age, and I know the keg won't last that long lol.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:10 AM   #4
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I do the exact same thing. I make sure I take at least 2 bottles from each keg, label them (very important!) and cellar to see how they age. Even with kegs that seem to overstay their welcome - which doesn't happen too often!

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:12 AM   #5
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The long answer is it depends on what type of sugar you're using, what temperature and how much CO2 you want/your beer style requires. The short answer is use approximately 0.5 tsp of sugar per 12 oz bottle.
(this is scaled from 4oz or 3/4cup per 5 gallon batch -assuming my quick calcs are correct)

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:17 AM   #6
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The easiest way to bottle only a couple of bottles and keg the rest is to use "carb tabs". They are little tablets/drops that have priming sugar in a set amount, and the dose is something like three for a 12 ounce bottle, and five for a 22 ounce bottle. That would be one way.

I'd probably keg the whole thing, and then bottle a few bottles off of the keg to store, age, or give away.

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Old 08-09-2012, 12:33 AM   #7
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I found this bottle priming calculator. Never used it and don't know what you would have to lose converting ounces to gallons and trying this out on a couple of bottles. It's a neat calculator, accounts for beer style, desired CO2 volume, etc. Might be worth a shot. Here you go! http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:58 AM   #8
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If you are just doing a couple bottles, its hard to beat the carb drops.

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Old 08-09-2012, 05:54 AM   #9
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Why not just prime the whole keg and then fill a couple of bottles?
Where I live sugar is a lot cheaper than C02.

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Old 08-09-2012, 01:51 PM   #10
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BOTTLE SIZE / SUGAR AMOUNT
12 ounce bottles use 3/4 TSP.
16 ounce bottles use 1 TSP.
22 ounce bottles use 1 1/2 TSP.
1 liter/quart bottle use 2 1/2 TSP.
2 liter bottles use 1 1/2 TBSP.
3 liter bottles use 2 1/4 TBSP.

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