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Old 12-08-2009, 12:20 AM   #11
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Like others have said I don't see any reason to cool the priming sugar solution. I simply boil it and then add the 2 cups of water to the bottling bucket and then rack ontop of it. The temperature will drop so quickly it won't matter. Why make things harder and more prone to infection?



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Old 12-08-2009, 04:34 AM   #12
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I would actually say the sugar itself probably doesn't need to be sanitized by boiling. Like with salt I'm guessing theres few beasties would survive in it. Having your sugar dissolved in water sure makes it easier to mix into your beer without having to stir the crap out it though. Hot water makes the sugar dissolve more easily, plus boiling it will drive out any oxygen that could oxidize your beer. Just my amateur guess.

Personally I have a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup. I fill it with about a cup of water, weigh out my priming sugar charge, microwave til its at a decent boil and just leave it in with the door closed until I get all my equipment setup and the like, then add tobottling bucket and rack on it.


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Old 12-08-2009, 06:24 PM   #13
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I would actually say the sugar itself probably doesn't need to be sanitized by boiling. Like with salt I'm guessing theres few beasties would survive in it. Having your sugar dissolved in water sure makes it easier to mix into your beer without having to stir the crap out it though. Hot water makes the sugar dissolve more easily, plus boiling it will drive out any oxygen that could oxidize your beer. Just my amateur guess.

Personally I have a 2 cup pyrex measuring cup. I fill it with about a cup of water, weigh out my priming sugar charge, microwave til its at a decent boil and just leave it in with the door closed until I get all my equipment setup and the like, then add tobottling bucket and rack on it.
That was one thing I was wondering: Is it possible to just throw the sugar in there? I also like the microwave idea. Don't know why I haven't thought of it. It's such a small amount of water it's perfect for the 'wave. Thanks for your responses on this mostly stupid question!
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Old 12-08-2009, 07:25 PM   #14
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I don't really cool mine off in a bath anymore either. I just have it rolled into my bottling process that it is off the flame for 10 or more minutes while I'm finishing up my bottle sanitization .

I used to worry about that too, but someone pointed out that even 2 cups of water is going to be rapidly cooled by 5 gallons of beer.
You guys aren't worried about the hot water possibly melting the plastic ale pail? That's the only reason I cool down the sugar solution.
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You guys aren't worried about the hot water possibly melting the plastic ale pail? That's the only reason I cool down the sugar solution.
Uh no...usually there is some santizer foam/liquid in the bottom, besides, almost immediately following the dumping in, or even before I start my siphon, so they are nearly hitting the bucket at the same time.


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