Originally Posted by flabyboy
It depends on how much carbonation you want. A half cup of honey will give you pretty much the same amount of carbonation as 2/3 cup of cane sugar or 3/4 cup of corn sugar. You can adjust from there.
NEVER measure priming sugars by volume...
Even on the brewheads site linked to earlier posts: "Volume (such as cups) is not an accurate way to measure priming sugar.
You don't measure your hops in cups do you? Go buy a cheap scale
. If you insist on using volume instead of mass, its suggested that 3/4 cup of corn sugar is about 4 ounces. That applies for corn sugar only. "
I've had reasonable success taking the carbonation calculations from Beer Smith, and using 1.25x that in weight of honey to prime with. I used honey for my first several batches, but have started using turbinado/dememera sugar for the past couple of batches. I have one that's been carbonating for about two weeks now, that I plan to check on soon (it's an old ale, so it could take a little longer to carbonate)...
It would be a real shame to carbonate too high, or low, with a batch that you made, just because you didn't spend a few dollars on a scale. You can easily find a good one for under $20 either at places like Bed Bath and Beyond or on Amazon.com...