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Old 12-21-2008, 01:52 PM   #1
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I was planning on bottling my brown ale today, but my LHBS changed their hours and is not open today, and I have no priming sugar.

Is there anything I can sub for the priming sugar that they sell that I could get at the grocery store that won't cause off tastes?


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Old 12-21-2008, 02:27 PM   #2
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You can sometimes find dextrose at health food/suppliment stores or bulk food stores that sell things like flour and seasonings by the pound. You'll probably have to call around.


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You could use table sugar (I've never done it) or honey, or malt extract if you have any laying around.
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If your doing a brown ale, you might want to consider brown sugar if you have any on hand.
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Just use white table sugar. There are no worries about flavor with the small quantities needed for priming.
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I do have some brown sugar. How much would I need to use for my anticipated 4.25 gallon yield? Will it leave any off flavors?
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I know someone who uses plain white cane sugar for priming. It works fine, and he recently took 1st place BOS with his cane sugar primed American Pale Ale in St. Louis.
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It shouldn't- I'm not a fan of brown sugar but I don't think you'll even notice any flavor from it at all.

As far as the amount, I think it'd be the same by weight as corn sugar.
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Awesome!

Thanks.

Now... how do I measure out 5 ounces of brown sugar? Any way to convert that to a volume? I don't have a scale.
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It shouldn't- I'm not a fan of brown sugar but I don't think you'll even notice any flavor from it at all.

As far as the amount, I think it'd be the same by weight as corn sugar.
Not corn...treat it as white table sugar in terms of how much you use.


The unfermentables that make up the brown sugar leave, to me, a nice taste of brown sugar behind. I've used it in dark pumpkin beers before and it was nice.


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