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Old 06-18-2012, 10:46 PM   #1
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Default Using honey or brown sugar as a priming sugar

My Honey Brown Ale calls for honey OR brown sugar as a priming sugar.

The salesperson at my local homebrew shop said that he never uses anything but "normal" priming sugar.

Two interesting side notes:

1) The local homebrew shop does not stock or sell honey or brown sugar.
2) The recipe I am using is one of the "canned" recipes that said shop has on their website.

Please chime in on this.

Do you have any good or bad experiences using honey or brown sugar for priming purposes?

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Old 06-19-2012, 02:08 AM   #2
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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You can use either. But it will rest in a different flavor, not a lot but a tiny bit. Regular priming sugar ferments out completely and doesn't lean rally any flavor but honey and Brown sugar are I believe more complex so they will leave a little bit of flavor. That's just my thoughts good Lu k

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Just be aware that you need to use a different amount if you go with honey. Not sure about brown sugar, since I've never primed with it.

General rule of thumb is to use 1.25x the normal sugar amount in honey to obtain the same carbonation level. Also, honey can take longer to carbonate than the other sugars. I wouldn't be discouraged though, since I've used it before with good results.

Use this site to help figure out how much honey to use. Keep in mind, you want to WEIGH honey just as you would regular priming sugar. Don't use volume measurements for this.

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According to John Palmer, you can use either for priming. Honey is 95% fermentable & Brown sugar is 97% fermentable. Meaning you may be able to taste the percentage that is unfermentable. For a 5 gallon batch he recommends 4.7 oz of honey or 4 oz of brown sugar.

I haven't used either, but the above information is in the book How to Brew, and it's been dead on accurate for everything that I have tried.

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I've used honey with great success. The head and carbonation I got from using honey was very nice. Small, tight bubbles, and great lacing down the glass. Just make sure you use a priming calculator to determine how much you should use...

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You can use either. But it will rest in a different flavor, not a lot but a tiny bit. Regular priming sugar ferments out completely and doesn't lean rally any flavor but honey and Brown sugar are I believe more complex so they will leave a little bit of flavor. That's just my thoughts good Lu k
Any thoughts on which to use for a honey brown ale? I am thinking honey based upon my tasting after a gravity reading.

Also, curious to know if people agree that priming sugar is "the only way" when it comes to priming for bottling.
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Just be aware that you need to use a different amount if you go with honey. Not sure about brown sugar, since I've never primed with it.

General rule of thumb is to use 1.25x the normal sugar amount in honey to obtain the same carbonation level. Also, honey can take longer to carbonate than the other sugars. I wouldn't be discouraged though, since I've used it before with good results.

Use this site to help figure out how much honey to use. Keep in mind, you want to WEIGH honey just as you would regular priming sugar. Don't use volume measurements for this.
This is really great but I am a noob and I have no idea what to put for volume of CO2 desired.
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Jarrodaden, there are plenty of sources to say that Priming sugar (corn sugar I'm guessing) is NOT the only way. I've been using regular white cane sugar for the last few batches and it's worked great. You can use honey, brown sugar, molasses, Maple syrup, DME, candy sugar, and probably more things that aren't coming to mind just yet. Molasses has the least amount of fermentable sugars of the ones listed, so it will impart the most noticeable flavor.

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You can try using this one. It gives you examples of different volumes depending on style
http://www.fattymattybrewing.com/hom...r&action=entry

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