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Old 03-12-2013, 06:00 AM   #1
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I have a beer that is ready to bottle. It's a pilsner. 5 gal. I'm going to bottle carbonate it. I was thinking 6 oz of corn sugar. Would I add additional yeast before bottling?

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:10 AM   #2
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No, don't add more yeast.. There is still enough yeast in your beer to carbonate the bottles.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:19 AM   #3
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No, don't add more yeast.. There is still enough yeast in your beer to carbonate the bottles.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:25 AM   #4
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Whether or not you should add more yeast depends on how long you've had it fermenting and lagering, but as a rule, if it's been less than three or four months, there should be enough viable yeast for you to bottle condition with.

I would also recommend using less sugar, no more than 5oz and probably less. Even with a 'lively' lager such as a Pilsner, you generally don't want more than 2.7 volumes of CO2 in the finished beer, and unless your temperatures are absurdly high, 6 oz. will give you closer to 3.5 or even 4 volumes. While that shouldn't be enough to cause bottle bombs, I think, it could lead to fobbing; the last thing you want is for most of the beer to rush out in a fountain of foam as soon as you open the bottle.

BeerSmith has a nice tool for estimating the amount of priming sugar you need, and I expect ProMash and other programs do as well; if you prefer to do it by hand, you can use the nomograph from How to Brew to estimate the amount you want.

Mind you, I'm not one to talk, as I consistently used 5oz. for several batches (it was, conveniently, the amount the stores had pre-packaged for priming sugar), and as a result got beers that were over-carbonated for their styles. Live and learn.
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Old 03-12-2013, 06:58 AM   #5
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Thank you that is all great info as I usually keg.

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 09:35 AM   #6
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http://http://www.northernbrewer.com...ar-calculator/

 
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Old 03-12-2013, 03:18 PM   #7
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...or this one; http://www.tastybrew.com/calculators/priming.html
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