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Old 03-05-2013, 04:07 PM   #1
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Can I assume that the calculations you get from Northern Brewers Priming Calculator are suppose to provide the amount of sugar you add to 2 cups of water (if you are priming for a 5 gallon batch)? I am just assuming 2 cups of water since that is the amount suggested by Palmer.

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:14 PM   #2
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I usually use 2 to 3 cups of water. I'm just figuring a less concentrated solution of sugar and water will distribute more evenly in my beer. The extra cup or two of water won't be a noticeable dilution in 5 gallons of beer. The amount of priming sugar is the main concern.

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Old 03-05-2013, 04:18 PM   #3
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I haven't paid too much attention to the resulting final volume. On my last batch I started with ~1.5 cups but don't know what I ended up with, other than somewhat less, after boil off.

Also, apparently the temperature to use is the highest your beer achieved during fermentation, not the straight up temperature at bottling.
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Old 03-05-2013, 04:21 PM   #4
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If you want to maintain the same ABV of beer the priming sugar should be the same gravity as the original wort. But even if no water is used it will only be about a quarter to a half of a percent higher.

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I just put some water in a one quart mason jar with the sugar for a five gallon batch.
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