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Old 09-20-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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Can i rack my beer to the bottling bucket, *then* add priming sugar, stir, and bottle? Is the risk too high for oxidizing? I ask because I tend to not get as much beer into the bottling bucket as I think, and I'm going to be bottling a beer at 3.5-4 volumes already. I worry if I put in a sugar ratio any higher, I'll get bottle bombs.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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As long as you sanitize the stirrer and go slow and easy with it, you'll be fine. I give it a stir just to ensure it'll be mixed and never had a problem. I believe it's harder to oxidize your beer than most people think... and it's also a problem that shows its face over a long period of time. Sure if you poured your beer into the bottling bucket, you MIGHT have some issues, but a simple stirring procedure won't do you wrong.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:11 PM   #3
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Well you can do it but i wouldnīt recommend it: bring water to a boil add the sugar boil for 10 minutes, put the sugar water in your bottling bucket and rack your beer on top making sure that you rack in creating some sort of little whirpool so the sugar can mix evenly, wait a bit an bottle. Adding the sugar directly to the wort and mixing it will create you some problems: it will oxidize your beer and probably it wont mix properly if not diluted in water first.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:13 PM   #4
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One question two answers. Brewing itīs fun

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:16 PM   #5
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+1 for stirring SLOWLY. Definitely don't go grabbing your whisk and going to town, but if you stir quite slow and soft, you'll be fine!

I did it to my last batch of IPA and I have a consistent carb and tasty beer.

EDIT - Also do what brew stated... boil sugar, cool, pour into bottling bucket and rack on top.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:20 PM   #6
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I go with the first answer also, I am assuming you will be boiling the priming sugar in a cup of water for 10 minutes or so before adding on top.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:22 PM   #7
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Yes, I'll be boiling the sugar and cooling it. Alright, (slow) stir it is. Thanks everyone.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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What he's asking is can he rack all the beer over 1st,then add the priming solution. I say no,you might not get it evenly mixed from top to bottom. I rack a few inches of beer over,then slowly pour the 2C priming solution into the swirling surface of the beer. When completed,gently stir 12 times or so to be sure it's mixed evenly. Can't hurt to be sure...
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #9
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Union after re-reading, you are correct

I understand not really knowing what your final bottling volume is until it's in the bucket. Best way around that, of course, is to mark off your carboys with corresponding gallon markers.

In the meantime, underestimating the volume is better than overestimating. My stout suffered from this exact issue. Way heavy on the carb, but had a few that didn't fully seal (didn't realize I saved some twist off bottles). The ones that didn't fully carb were the best ones!

OP - you can rack to bucket, figure out your priming and proceed. Pour carefully.

 
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:39 PM   #10
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he is concerned about having too much sugar and is unsure how much beer will be racked into the bottling bucket, that is why he wants to add the sugar last.
A thought, add part of or even most of the sugar at the beginning and top up when you are sure of your volume.

 
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