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Old 05-04-2006, 10:19 PM   #1
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I have recently started kegging (forced carb) however I wish to bottle 12 or so out of the batch for gifts etc. How much priming sugar should I add per 12 oz bottle?

Thanks in advance and sorry if this is a repeat question. Ocho


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Old 05-04-2006, 10:28 PM   #2
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You shouldn't put your sugar into each bottle. For one, this method is less reliable in terms of how much gets into each bottle. Secondly, I would not use sugar for priming, although you will find a number of brewers posting after me who will claim that using sugar is absolutely fine. I will let them tell you how much to use.

Here is what I do to bottle. I boil 1.25 cups of Dried Malt Extract with a bit of water - a couple of cups. Then I cool this wort and put it into the bottom of my bottling bucket before I siphon my beer into it. After I siphon the beer onto my priming sugar "wort," I give it a good stir with a sanitized spoon. Then, bottle.

This method - even if you decide to use sugar - will more evenly distribute the sugar in the beer.

If you use priming sugar, I believe that you should use .75 cups - three fourths of a cup, but you should get a second opinion on that. It has been years since I've used priming sugar.


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Old 05-04-2006, 10:33 PM   #3
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He only wants to do a dozen or so bottles. I see you are still trying to get people to blow stuf up... *wink*


one teaspon.

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Old 05-04-2006, 10:37 PM   #4
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Its one ounce of corn sugar per gallon
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Ok fellows you still haven't anwered the question, or do we just put one teaspoon into each bottle ( not reccomended by Palmer)?
I would like to do a few bottles not necissarily 12, so I'd like to know how much water boiled with sugar to use . surely someone has done this.
Prime tabs aren't carried here by the HBS but Coopers drops are . I have tried them and am not satified with the results. I supose I could do the math but I'm lazy and not too sure of my results, just hoping to cash in on someones past experience. thanks.
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Yes, it is one teaspoon per bottle. Just measure it carefully.

Plamer advocates bulk priming, but doing just 12 bottles or so, IMO, it would be more trouble than it's worth. It seems like it would easier to just use a dry funnel and put one teaspoon in each bottle.
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Old 05-04-2006, 11:32 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Lounge Lizard
He only wants to do a dozen or so bottles.
Oooops. . . my bad. I seriously missed the part about only bottling a little bit.

About that other post, . . . we could have had some serious fun with it . . . !!
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Also from one of my books:

"To prepare a sugar syrup, measure 1 1/2 level cups of corn sugar and exactly one cup of water. Mix in a small saucepan. Stir thoroughly and bring to a simmer. Do not let the mixture boil for more than one minute or too much water will be evaporated away, as this will upset the proportions in the mixture.

After simmering, the volume of the mixture should be twelve fluid ounces. One teaspoon of this mixture will then be equivalent to one teaspoon of dry sugar.

For bulk priming 5 gallons of beer, use 1 - 1 1/4 cups of this syrup. Use 1 - 1 1/4 teaspoons per 12 ounce bottle."




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Old 05-05-2006, 01:00 AM   #9
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Here's to bulk prime the 12 bottles:

Keg all but 144 oz- 2 cups more than a gallon.
Boil a little water with 8 teaspoons of corn sugar.
Add sugar mixture to beer and bottle 12 bottles.
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You could always try out those carb. drops sold by coopers, too. No measuring, may be more consistent than 1 tsp. per bottle


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