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Old 02-07-2012, 08:48 PM   #1
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Somehow my priming sugar has vanished. The LHBS is a good distance away, so my question is...Can I use regular sugar? I researched this a bit and the first answer was "No, it leaves an odd taste"...then other people said that's just a myth.

I figured I would get some opinions on here before I ruined my beer.



 
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Old 02-07-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Yup, you can use regular sugar. We're talking 5oz in 5 gallons...not enough to make a noticeable flavor difference, at least not to me.

Use ~10% less than corn sugar.

Here's a helpful priming calculator:
http://tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html



 
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:03 PM   #3
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You can use regular sugar no problem. I've heard to use 3/4 cup corn sugar or 2/3 cup of cane sugar.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:18 PM   #4
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Awesome, thanks guys.

 
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:24 PM   #5
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Just make sure you measure the sugar by weight NOT volume. You can also use honey (1.25x the amount of sugar you would have used) to bottle carbonate with. If you don't have software that gives you the amount of sugar to use, go to one of the sites with calculators to get the amount of sugar to add to get your CO2 volumes goal. Otherwise you run a very real risk of overcarbonating the bottles. Sometimes to disasterours ends (bottle bombs).
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:54 PM   #6
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By weight,it's usually a couple tenths of an ounce less table sugar than corn sugar.
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I have used brown sugar, honey, molasses, corn syrup, and plain ole white sugar, raw cane sugar, only the molasses and brown could be recognized and that was intentional.

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The demerara sugar (raw cane sugar) is always a good one with amber colored beers & darker with that light brown sugar laced with honey flavor. And I like the regular,darker one better than that pilsen DME colored organic stuff.
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You can use this site to figure out how much of different sugar types to use. Came in very handy when I was still bottle carbonating. Now that I'm kegging, not so much.


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