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Old 03-21-2009, 02:02 AM   #1
Dec 2008
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I usually only boil the sugar for about a minute or two. I got side tracked and it was on the boil for about 8-10ish minutes will that affect anything?

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Old 03-21-2009, 02:06 AM   #2
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I boil mine for 10 minutes, but stir it constantly so no burning or scortching.

I think 10 minutes is better to sanatize, then 2, but not sure.
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:06 AM   #3
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No. I boil for 5 but I have lost track and gone 10.
No sweat.
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Old 03-21-2009, 02:16 AM   #4
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I usually boil for however long it takes to set up my bottling bucket and get my bottles prepared. 15 minutes would be ideal for sanitation, but processed corn sugar is usually going to be safe enough for our use. Some people add the sugar directly to the bottles and skip the boiling process altogether, although I don't recommend that simply because it's harder to dilute in powdered form.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:29 AM   #5
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About 3 minutes for me, but I really don't think it hurts to boil it longer. Unless you're using untreated water I don't think it needs any more than that though.
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Old 03-22-2009, 12:36 AM   #6
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I boil the water in the microwave and add the dextrose immediately after taking it out. The solution stays above 160 degrees for long enough to kill any bugs that may be hiding in the sugar.

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Old 03-22-2009, 01:08 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by ArcaneXor View Post
I boil the water in the microwave and add the dextrose immediately after taking it out. The solution stays above 160 degrees for long enough to kill any bugs that may be hiding in the sugar.
I'm similar: I heat the sugar/water mixture to 170 on the stovetop.

FWIW, the FDA requires 15 seconds at 161F for HTST pasteurization. I just go to 170 to give myself a margin for error; it's overkill as far as sanitizing goes, since it stays above the recommended 161F for several minutes at least.
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Old 03-22-2009, 01:39 AM   #8
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Iv'e Never boiled my priming sugar.Haven't made a bad beer yet(do to priming sugar)

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Old 03-22-2009, 03:58 AM   #9
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when boiling the only thing that gets evaporated is the water, therefore you have a more dense amound of priming sugar. Basically as long as you dont scorch it, its all good. I usually boil mine for the time it take me to get all my bottles and gear laid out.
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Old 03-24-2009, 09:43 AM   #10
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I just boil a kettle and pour the boiling water over the sugar.

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