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Old 01-18-2009, 12:48 AM   #1
Dec 2008
Morrill, Nebraska
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Can I use corn sugar for priming my beer ? They call for regular sugar. If so ,how much ? Will be bottling in 12 oz. bottles. Thanks

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Old 01-18-2009, 01:16 AM   #2
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Apr 2008
Niceville Florida
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i have made 3 Mr. beer batches, i have used table sugar, Dme, and corn sugar all have turned out fine.

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:00 AM   #3
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Sep 2008
Rapid City, South Dakota
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I just got my dad and brothers into Mr. Beer but have never used it myself. They call me for tips while "brewing" and I recommended adding corn sugar vs. table sugar for bottling. Is the amount the same? You guys have done this?

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Old 01-18-2009, 08:20 AM   #4
Oct 2008
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Mr Beer is designed to make 2 gallons of beer... regular 5 gallons uses about 3/4 cup of corn sugar... if you scaled it, you should use around 0.3 cups.. If you have a balance, that should be around 1.6 oz.

Note that amount of carbonation (sugar) is a little different between different style of beers.

One thing that I like to do is make a priming solution... Don't put sugar into bottle or mr beer directly. It is hard to get consistent carbonation this way.
Instead, boil 1 1/2 cup of water, add the priming sugar, boil for 10 minutes.. Cool down to room temp, ~70F. Slowly pour it into Mr Beer Keg... gentle stir without splashing.. (sanitize the stirrer)..
With priming solution, you will get a more consistent carbonation.
In the past, I have used 1/2 cup corn sugar for priming.. It turns out pretty good.

Last note... Make sure your beer is completely fermented.. otherwise, you are having too much sugar which could be a beer bomb disaster.
Happy Brewing

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Old 01-18-2009, 04:41 PM   #5
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St. George Utah
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Get a bottling bucket and use this calculator | Homebrewing Calculators | Botting Priming Calculator. I made mine for less then $10.

I'd much rather spoon out 1/2 to 1 tsp. sugar into bottle than kick up sediment from the fermenter. I'd use a heaping half tsp. per bottle. The difference of sucrose and dextrose is probably within the margin of error. To get a bottle bomb you would have to bottle too early or put in three or more times too much sugar.
Everything is better with a beer.

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Old 01-18-2009, 06:06 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Kung_Pow_34 View Post
...and I recommended adding corn sugar vs. table sugar for bottling. Is the amount the same? You guys have done this?
The differences are:

* table sugar is 5-9% more fermentable by weight; corn sugar has that amount of water content which increases weight but adds no fermentability.

* table sugar will take somewhat longer to carb up as the yeast cannot use sucrose directly, and deploy an enzyme (inverase, IIRC) to bust sucrose up into directly-consumable sugars (glucose, fructose).

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