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Old 11-08-2007, 01:56 PM   #1
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I'll be bottling my American Stout this weekend and I would like to get the carbonation level correct for the style. The place I order from online sends you 3/4 cup of sugar for bottling. I have used the entire 3/4 for my American Pale Ale and the carbonation level came out perfect.

Now there are a few different factors with this stout. Obviously I will want a lower carbonation level than the APA. Also, the temperature for bottle conditioning will be around 65 degrees. I don't have a scale to measure out the exact ounces so I'm thinking I will use around 2/3 cup to get the correct carbonation level. Palmer's book suggests 3 ounces at 65 degrees to get around 2.1 volume of Co2 which is correct for the style.

So my question is, how much does 3/4 cup of sugar weigh? Would using 3/4 of the 3/4 cup packet get me near where I should be? Am I worrying too much?

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Old 11-08-2007, 02:17 PM   #2
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American pales run 2.2-2.7 volumes of CO2, stouts are in the 1.7-2.3 range, so I'd shoot for 2/3'rds of 3/4, which is a 1/2 cup.
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Old 11-08-2007, 03:23 PM   #3
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Roger that. Thanks.
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I use this: http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/rec...rbonation.html

It will calculate how much sugar, DME etc to use for given styles and compensates for the amount of dissolved CO2 already in your beer depending on temperature.

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that calculator is pretty awesome, thanks for the post!
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Oh and Yes! You are worrying too much, but that is OK.
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Oh and Yes! You are worrying too much, but that is OK.
Gotta disagree about this. I highly recommend experimenting with carbonation levels and serving temperatures. They make a huge difference on the taste of your beer. A difference of 0.2 volumes is noticeable - especialy in traditionally low carbed beers like Scottish Ales and Bitters.

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