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Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« on: August 30, 2012, 01:10:10 PM »
I need to bottle a couple of Belgian-style beers and I ran out of corn sugar. What are your thoughts on just using table sugar (from beets) instead? Should I use the same amount as I would corn sugar?

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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #1 on: August 30, 2012, 02:05:06 PM »
go for it. for all intents and purposes there is no difference at all. There is a table somewhere out there, maybe morebeer website? that lists lots of different kinds of sugar and the exact amount to use for carbing but I always just follow the corn sugar weight guidelines and have not had problems.
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #2 on: August 30, 2012, 02:14:23 PM »
i have been bottling with powdered sugar.  just to use up a few pounds we had on hand.  i have had no problems with this at all.
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2012, 02:19:45 PM »
Corn sugar is very slightly less fermentable than table sugar (like maybe 5% less). I use cane sugar all the time to bottle beer, no problems. I used about 3/4lb of turbinado for 5 gallons of a champagne-style beer, and it worked fine.
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2012, 02:40:27 PM »
i have been bottling with powdered sugar.  just to use up a few pounds we had on hand.  i have had no problems with this at all.

I'd just watch out because some powdered sugar contains corn starch as an anti-caking agent, so make sure the only ingredient is sugar. A bag labeled "Superfine" or "caster" sugar should be 100% sugar.

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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2012, 07:18:43 PM »
Cane sugar is a little more fermentable than corn sugar.

Check out this carbonation calculator:  http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator/carbonation.html?15132099#tag

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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2012, 05:37:23 AM »
Corn sugar is very slightly less fermentable than table sugar (like maybe 5% less). I use cane sugar all the time to bottle beer, no problems. I used about 3/4lb of turbinado for 5 gallons of a champagne-style beer, and it worked fine.

Really? I've never heard that - what is the reason?
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2012, 01:33:00 PM »
Thanks for the calculator. That will come in handy  :)
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 01:00:41 PM »
Corn sugar is very slightly less fermentable than table sugar (like maybe 5% less). I use cane sugar all the time to bottle beer, no problems. I used about 3/4lb of turbinado for 5 gallons of a champagne-style beer, and it worked fine.

Not to split hairs here, but don't you mean 3/4 CUP of sugar?   3/4 pound in a 5 gallon batch would produce TREMENDOUS carbonation levels, and I suspect the bottles would be glass-grenades. 
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 01:02:03 PM »
Good catch!
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 01:22:50 PM »
I absolutely meant 3/4lb, as in 340 grams. I was targeting 5.3 volumes of CO2 in 20L of beer.  I used Champagne bottles, no explosions, but I did have a couple crowns come off unexpectedly.
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 01:47:51 PM »
I absolutely meant 3/4lb, as in 340 grams. I was targeting 5.3 volumes of CO2 in 20L of beer.  I used Champagne bottles, no explosions, but I did have a couple crowns come off unexpectedly.

that was the champagne style you were posting about right? so you probably lose some in the riddling/recorking process as well.
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 01:50:27 PM »
that was the champagne style you were posting about right? so you probably lose some in the riddling/recorking process as well.

Yeah, I aimed high and probably lost about 1 volume due to disgorging and recorking.
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 02:12:42 PM »
I absolutely meant 3/4lb, as in 340 grams. I was targeting 5.3 volumes of CO2 in 20L of beer.  I used Champagne bottles, no explosions, but I did have a couple crowns come off unexpectedly.

Wow...thanks for the confirmation.  Obviously _I_ never would guessed that's what you really meant!
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Re: Corn Sugar vs Table Sugar
« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 03:37:21 PM »
i understand you were shooting for high carb levels, but wouldn't that much sugar significantly impact your ABV?