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Old 02-10-2008, 05:45 PM   #1
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I was wondering how much priming sugar should you use in your beer? I made a stout with a starting gravity of 52 (still fermemting so no FG yet). All the kit beers use 5oz priming sugar with 2 cups water. Is this the norm or should I use a little less?


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Old 02-10-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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For bottling, yes 5-6 oz is the norm, but this depends on the style of beer. For kegging it's more like 2.5 oz, but I prefer to force carb using CO2.


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Stouts generally are not as carbonated as pale ales so a bit less might be more to style. Here is a chart from How To Brew which may help.

http://www.howtobrew.com/section1/chapter11-4.html
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I don't know...with my personal experience, I've found that even 4 oz priming sugar is over-carbonated. I usually go 3-3.5 and get good results.

But yeah, YMMV.
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Here's a calculator that I use. It calculates your priming sugar based on style, your beers current temp and can convert to different priming sugars.

http://hbd.org/recipator/

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After using the calculator, I'm sticking with 3 oz. I'll let you all know in 3 weeks if my bottles explode or not.
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Old 03-15-2008, 07:14 PM   #7
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bottles didn't explode and I think the carbanation is dead on.


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