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carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:44:41 PM »
I'm sure that this has been brought up before. How much sugar does it take, and how long? Want to naturally carbonate my trippel.

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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2010, 10:53:35 PM »
Sure. You want something around 2.3 volumes? About 4 ounces of table sugar. I'd give it 2+ weeks at around 70F then chill when ready for at least 24 hours. You'll still need something to push the beer out with. This just carbs the beer.

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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #2 on: December 25, 2010, 06:58:15 AM »
And the next question is, is the result any different than if you were to just hook it up and carbonate it? The only thing I can think of is that some of the yeast in suspension would drop out and the beer would be (a little) clearer?
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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2010, 10:48:55 AM »
And the next question is, is the result any different than if you were to just hook it up and carbonate it? The only thing I can think of is that some of the yeast in suspension would drop out and the beer would be (a little) clearer?

That does happen, but it is affected by a variety of factors, such as type of yeast used. And it's a tiny amount. My experience is that primarily it doesn't affect clarity in my brewery. If a brewer is brewing lagers, filtering, fining or clearing their ales intentionally before carbonation this technique wouldn't make sense. It's not appropriate for everyone, but a tool to be used.

Tell me though, are you seeing any sludge in the bottom of your kegs when you open them after the last beer?
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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #4 on: December 25, 2010, 11:00:12 AM »
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D
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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #5 on: December 25, 2010, 11:15:03 AM »
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D

Haha! Agreed!   :D
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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #6 on: December 25, 2010, 12:08:54 PM »
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D

Once you can get a keg to last more than a week or two, you'll likely see that haze go away. Time and temp are your friends in this case.
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Re: carbonating a keg with priming sugar.
« Reply #7 on: December 25, 2010, 12:41:49 PM »
Haven't noticed, didn't look very hard though..... Don't get any in the beer either.....just a slight haziness which I don't mind. It's all nutrition..... ;D

Once you can get a keg to last more than a week or two, you'll likely see that haze go away. Time and temp are your friends in this case.

Yes, actually four or five days makes a difference. I'm trying to get to the point where I can keg and then carbonate and let it sit for another week.....Not easy during the holidays. Like I said, the stuff is popular.
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