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Old 01-26-2008, 05:29 PM   #1
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Tomorrow I'll be bottling my first batch: English Best Bitter, OG 1.042, FG 1.012. I'd like to prime using Austin Homebrew's Amber Dried Malt Extract.

Various online calculators tell me that for the style-appropriate carbonation I only need to prime with 1.3 ounces of DME.

Based on my pre-brewing research (Joy of Homebrewing, et al), that seems like a miniscule amount of priming sugar. Papazian recommends 1.25 cups per 5 gallons (my batch came to more like 4.5 gallons because I left quite a bit in the primary fermenter when I racked to secondary).

I'm afraid that small amount of DME isn't going to produce enough carbonation, if any at all.

 
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Old 01-26-2008, 05:41 PM   #2
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I came up with 1.94oz for 1.3 volumes

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Old 01-26-2008, 06:29 PM   #3
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Bitters are not very carbonated. My calculator gives me a similar # although you are on the lower end for the style. If you haven't had a bitter before it will seem almost flat to you if you are used to BMC. The other thing to remember is that the degree of carbonation will be markedly affected by the temperature you serve the beer. For bitters you want them to be in the mid 50's - the usual "cellar" temperature for pubs. If you serve this straight from your fridge it will seem very flat, lifeless and without flavour or body. Done right this is an awesome style to brew for a house beer if you want flavourfull beers without alot of alcohol so you can hoist a few and get up the next day without regrets.

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Old 01-26-2008, 08:09 PM   #4
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Thanks; that alleviates my worries. It's been a long time since I've had cask conditioned bitters, but you're right: They are nearly flat. Nevertheless, SuperiorBrew calculated 1.9 oz., I think I'll bump it up to 2 even, so I can sleep for the next 3 weeks.

And my cellar is about 60 degrees, which was factored into the calculators.

What's BMC?

 
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Old 01-26-2008, 08:15 PM   #5
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BMC is a homebrew acronym for the big 3 beer makers. Bud, Miller, Coors.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:37 PM   #6
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I haven't "enjoyed" any of their products since the 1980's, except for a Bud every 5 years or so.

I'm new to homebrewing, but not to good beer...

 
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:39 PM   #7
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Probably 1 cup for a bitter.
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Old 01-26-2008, 10:57 PM   #8
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Probably 1 cup for a bitter.
I think that's what I'm leaning towards, partly because I'm going to give away a lot of the finished product to less-than-knowledgeable folks, and I don't want them to think the beer's flat as a result of my trying to make an authentic level of carbonation.

 
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Old 01-26-2008, 11:06 PM   #9
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I think that's what I'm leaning towards, partly because I'm going to give away a lot of the finished product to less-than-knowledgeable folks, and I don't want them to think the beer's flat as a result of my trying to make an authentic level of carbonation.
I think as someone mentioned above a true British Bitter is very lightly Carbed almost flat, Im not totally positive maybe Orfy will chime in.
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