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Old 03-26-2012, 10:51 PM   #1
TomToro
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I've been using table sugar for bottle priming. My store told me to try corn sugar for carbonating.

I do it the hard way and put 3/4 teaspoon in each 12oz bottle and it's been taking around 2 weeks to carbonate (I've checked a couple of batches).

Q: Do I use corn sugar exactly the same way that I use cane? Same amount?

Q: Does it carbonate any slower or faster than the table sugar I've been using?

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:03 PM   #2
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Will work fine but I am not exactely sure of the amounts, but I know corn sugar isn't as granular and being so, you will not need as much.



 
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:07 PM   #3
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I measure by weight,(4 oz) and use cane sugar for all my beer. See if you cantell the difference
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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I measure by weight,(4 oz) and use cane sugar for all my beer. See if you cantell the difference
I was unclear, if measuring by volume, ie 1/4 cup, 1/2 cup, you'd use less. If by weight, you the same amount and there sould be no noticable differences.

 
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:17 PM   #5
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I am sure there is a calculator somewhere but it works for me to use 4oz.
Corn sugar is expensive and cane works just the same.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:23 PM   #6
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I used 3/4c of cane and 3 cups of water, boil it then cool it then put into the bottom of the bottling bucket then transfer beer in bucket and bottle
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:08 AM   #7
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corn sugar is cheap.You use a little less cane sugar compared to dextrose by volume.I use cane sugar only because i dont have dextrose currently.

 
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Old 03-27-2012, 01:18 AM   #8
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Compared to regular table sugar?
$6 for 10lbs regular sugar at wal mart
$7.50 for 4 lbs at northern brewer

Not trying to argue but you know everyone wants more for their money
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:35 AM   #9
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Both work fine, seems that most people use corn sugar. My local HBS (AHS) just hands out little priming packets of corn sugar (for 5 Gal batches) for free if you just ask them.

 
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:42 AM   #10
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Try this:

http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html



 
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