Author Topic: Mixing Corn Sugar Solution into the Primary before bottling - mixed results  (Read 128 times)

Offline Troy Walker

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I've been priming by dissolving corn sugar (boiled with dechlorinated water then cooled with an ice bath), then gently mixing in the primary before bottling.  The first time no problem.  The second time I've had some bottles that were gushers and some that were a little on the flat side.  Third time I cold crashed and had a few that were OK, some totally flat.

I'm afraid to mix too vigorously so as not to disturb the yeast and also not to let much oxygen in.  Any tips on consistency?

Offline dls5492

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I put my beer in a keg (purged with co2) and then put in the priming sugar solution. I put the lid on and purge again. I put the keg in my truck and I drive it around the block to help mix it. Then I bottle using a Blichmann Beer Gun.
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Offline Bob357

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If you pour the priming solution in the bucket and then rack the beer on top of it, the motion does a pretty good job of mixing it. When I bottled, I found that a gentle stir after every 10 bottles or so gave me even carbonation throughout the batch. Try a few different techniques and find out which works best for you. Brewing beer is a learning process.
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Offline erockrph

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What I've always done was begin transferring to the bottling bucket first. I let the tubing wrap around the inside perimeter of the bucket so the beer swirls as it is transferring. Then I slowly pour the hot priming solution into the beer fairly early on in the transfer process. By the end of racking it should be evenly blended in. My carbonation level was always consistent from bottle to bottle using this method.

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Offline Bob357

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This is a great example of different things that work for brewers. WHooda thunk it?
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Offline goose

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If you pour the priming solution in the bucket and then rack the beer on top of it, the motion does a pretty good job of mixing it. When I bottled, I found that a gentle stir after every 10 bottles or so gave me even carbonation throughout the batch. Try a few different techniques and find out which works best for you. Brewing beer is a learning process.

^^^ THIS.

I used to do exactly this when bottling in my early days of brewing.

I now just force carbonate in the keg and bottle with a beer gun.  If you are kegging, you could always pour the hot solution of priming solution into the keg and rack the beer on top of it through the beer out keg plug to thoroughly mix it.  Then bottle from the keg using  a beer gun.
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Offline Semper Sitientem

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What I've always done was begin transferring to the bottling bucket first. I let the tubing wrap around the inside perimeter of the bucket so the beer swirls as it is transferring. Then I slowly pour the hot priming solution into the beer fairly early on in the transfer process. By the end of racking it should be evenly blended in. My carbonation level was always consistent from bottle to bottle using this method.

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+1. Additionally, I also gently stir my bottling bucket for about 2 minutes prior to bottling.
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