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Old 11-28-2007, 04:11 AM   #1
Nov 2007
Santa Cruz,California
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I am brewing a red ale edme kit for my first time. I heard a good rule of thumb is the 1-2-3 method. One week in primary,two weeks in secondary, three weeks bottle condition. I get that. When I transfer it into secondary do I add the priming sugar then or right before I bottle it?( at the end of two weeks) I understand the secondary is for clearing up your brew I just wasnt sure. It seems to me if you added the sugar at the time you racked to secondary that your brew would be carbonated in the bucket.
As easy as this brewing stuff seems, it also can be really confusing. Thanks everybody for your longwinded patience.

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:12 AM   #2
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You add the sugar right before bottling

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Old 11-28-2007, 04:39 AM   #3
Mr Nick
Aug 2007
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Adding the Priming sugar to a bottling bucket, (after the secondary) then filling the bottles...Works for me.
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Old 11-28-2007, 05:24 AM   #4
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yep, at bottling time. if you added it in the secondary, the yeast would eat up all those sugars by the time you bottled!

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Old 11-28-2007, 08:18 PM   #5
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on bottling day, boil a cup of water , and dissolve the priming sugar in that.
then pour that sugar water into your bottling bucket.
then rack from secondary to the bucket, so the little swirling action stirs the sugar into the beer.

then bottle. do it this way and you don't even need to stir the bucket with a spoon, and you'll have even carbonation in the bottles.
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