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Old 02-06-2008, 01:48 AM   #1
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I am at the point of bottling my first batch of beer, however the instructions I have failed to mention how much priming sugar I should be using. I am using a Edme microbrewery series Red Ale recipe. Does anyone have specific knowledge of this recipe or a good rule of thumb to go by?

Any help would be much appreciated as I was hoping to get the bottling done tonight.

 
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:03 AM   #2
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I think 3/4 cup for a 5 gallon batch is standard. Does eveyone else agree?

 
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that's standard and what i've always used. a lot of people go with 4 ounces for a 5 gallon batch.

i think i'm going to start measuring mine in weight and being more exact for my exact finished quantity, tho. i've been making 4-6 gallon batches so it varies now.
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Most of the kits from BB and Northern Brewer come standard with 5 ounces priming sugar/5 gallon batch... Dissolved in 2 cups of boiling water, then cooled.
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:35 AM   #5
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that's standard and what i've always used. a lot of people go with 4 ounces for a 5 gallon batch.

i think i'm going to start measuring mine in weight and being more exact for my exact finished quantity, tho. i've been making 4-6 gallon batches so it varies now.
I started with a "5 ounce" bag of priming sugar, about 4 cups worth was used for primary sugar. If I were to add another 3/4 cup of sugar for carbination the 5 oz bag would still be about 1/3 full.

Any further insight? I think I'm going to go with 3/4 cup since it is also recommended on the priming sugar bag.

 
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Old 02-06-2008, 02:43 AM   #6
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3/4 cup is fine.

Dissolve it in 2 cups of water and boil it for 10 minutes.

Allow it to cool for a little while (15 - 20 mins sitting on the stove or in the fridge with the lid on is what I do), then pour it into your bottling bucket.

Siphon the beer into the bottling bucket with the sugar solution. Swirl gently with the racking cane a few times to make sure the priming solution is well mixed.

Bottle.

BTW...1 cup of corn sugar weighs about 6 ounces. So you must have a magic bag of priming sugar.
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I started with a "5 ounce" bag of priming sugar, about 4 cups worth was used for primary sugar. If I were to add another 3/4 cup of sugar for carbination the 5 oz bag would still be about 1/3 full.

Any further insight? I think I'm going to go with 3/4 cup since it is also recommended on the priming sugar bag.
3/4 cup is fine, but this may be of some use:

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Thanks for that calculator, very cool!

 
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Old 04-17-2009, 12:23 AM   #9
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I like a bit more carbonation in my ale and use one cup (about 5 ounces) of corn sugar for a five gallon batch. Up to 25% either side of 4 ounces would be fine. More than that gets very exciting, less just gets boring.

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Whatever you do DON'T use the cup measurement that many people recommend. Stick with the 4-5 oz per 5 gal batch.

If you fill a cup with sugar and tap it a few times it'll compress. If you use that (measurement) then you'll end up over-priming.
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