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Old 03-15-2013, 02:29 PM   #1
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What is the best sugar to use for priming?

I usually use glucose drops but is using corn sugar or table sugar more beneficial? or just keep using the glucose?

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Old 03-15-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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Corn sugar will change the flavor profile the least.
But if you are doing a special brew, then you may want to use something that goes along with that. For example, I have bottle conditioning a chocolate maple porter that I used maple syrup to prime.

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Old 03-15-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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You can prime a beer with ANY fermentable. I give detailed info on priming with alternative primers including fruit juice (including a link to a podcast on that subject,) maple syrup, honey, and other sugars in my bottling stickey- Scroll to the lower half of this post.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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If it's fermentable, you can prime with it.

I stick to table sugar simple because it's cheap and already on my kitchen counter.

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Old 03-15-2013, 02:50 PM   #5
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If my recipes are high in simple sugars, I like to prime with Extra Light or Light DME.

If my recipes are low in simple sugars, I like to prime with Corn or Table Sugar.

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