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Old 02-16-2009, 03:37 PM   #11
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Demerara sugar is, like Turbinado (or Sugar In The Raw), a cane sugar which has been less processed than white table sugar. It still contains a proportion of impurities which give it color and a hint of flavor.

When you process cane sugar, you get white sugar and molasses at the end of the process. White sugar is white sugar; molasses is all the impurities they refine out. Clever of them to make you pay for trash, innit?

Note Demerara sugar is not the same as brown sugar, which is white table sugar with molasses added back!

While Demerara and Turbinado sugars are different, in brewing quantities the differences are not pronounced. Thus, if you cannot find Demerara, Turbinado can be substituted with a clear conscience.

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Old 02-22-2009, 04:57 PM   #12
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Hey Bob... I am ready to bottle this brew... found the Demerara Sugar.. and am wondering for a 5 gallon batch ... how much (weight or measuring cup volume) do you recommend to adequately "low" prime carb this style of brew?
thanks much in advance
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:12 PM   #13
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I suggest you consult one of the online carbonation calculators for a specific number. The exact amount depends on so many factors, it's really quite unwise to dedicate oneself to a specific amount of sugar.

Here is a good calculator which has given me good results. Use "Cane Sugar" as the type of sugar.

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Old 02-22-2009, 07:56 PM   #14
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which style should i choose from the drop down menu... there isnt one for a British Brown or Session style? should i just go with one of the English ones to do the calculations?
Thanks again for your help in walking me through this Bob
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Old 02-22-2009, 07:57 PM   #15
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which style should i choose from the drop down menu... there isnt one for a British Brown or Session style? should i just go with one of the English ones to do the calculations?
Thanks again for your help in walking me through this Bob
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Choose English Dark Mild.
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Old 02-22-2009, 08:17 PM   #16
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Whoopsie. Nice catch, Jason, 'cos I forgot dat.

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Old 02-22-2009, 08:38 PM   #17
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Hey Bob... i put in to calculate for 1.5 volumes of co2... is that cool? cause then it tells me to add 1.48oz(or 41.8g) of cane sugar... or should i have calculated for the 2 volumes?
would i notice a difference between 1.5 to 2.o vol?

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:19 PM   #18
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Probably. 1.5 volumes is Real Ale area. If you're used to cask-conditioned ale, you'll know what to expect. If this is your first foray into low-carbonation beers, and your experience only extends to fairly standard levels of carbonation, I submit you'll be more satisfied with higher numbers, like the 2.0 volumes you've suggested. The difference is pretty obvious, side by side.

By way of comparison, most bottled microbrews are bottled at between 2 and 2.5 volumes. Hefeweizen can go as high as 3+.

You dig?

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Old 02-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #19
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Ok then... i am gonna try the 1.5 ! Thanks again for all your help and solid input in this!

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Old 02-23-2009, 02:17 AM   #20
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I just want you to be successful. I don't want someone trying my recipe and then slamming me for it.

Seriously, I hope you enjoyed brewing it, and I hope you enjoy drinking it.

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