Priming sugars

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Has anyone used anything other than corn sugar and honey to prime with? I
was thinking about trying to use Brown sugar for a different flavor.
However, I'm not sure how much to use because the weight difference between
the different sugars.  Help anyone?



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Table sugar works fine.  ((It make take a day or two longer to carbonate
to the same level as corn sugar)).

For brown sugar, I'd think you'd just use the same amount (by weight)
as you would corn sugar.  4 oz (weight) per 5 gallon batch is typical.

If it was a liquid like honey, you need to use a little more (by weight)
to account for the water content (usually about 20% for most syrups,
honey, liquid malt extract, etc.).



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Brown sugar won't attribute anything to the flavour at bottling stage
because the quantity used is too small. Nevertheless, you can use it or just
plain white sugar with equally as good results as corn sugar. You need to
use slightly less sugar than you would corn sugar (instead of 3/4 cup use
2/3 cup)
Steve W.



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So is it safe to say that plain cane sugar can be used as a substitute
for corn sugar when it comes to priming?  Will the cane sugar impart
any flavors (good or bad) to the beer?  Are there any advantages of
using one over the other?


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From everything I've read, corn sugar and cane sugar are completely
interchangeable with regard to priming, and neither kind contributes any
flavor or off-flavor whatsoever to the finished beer.

--
Dave
"Just a drink, a little drink, and I'll be feeling GOOooOOooOOooD!" --  
Genesis, 1973-ish



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We all have used corn and cane sugars and have tasted that there are no
changes in flavor. However, the question still stands has anyone used honey
or brown sugar to prime with and if so, what (if any) was the change in
flavor and how much honey or brown sugar was used to prime bottles.

Paul



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I highly doubt such a small amount of honey or brown sugar would alter the
flavour. The brown sugar may add a slightly darker colour.
--
Josh Button
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I concur that there would be no flavor change.  I've used honey in the
past and there is no detectable difference to me.

If you use 4 oz (weight) cane sugar now, then 5 oz (weight) honey would
give you 4 oz sugar (by weight) and 1 oz water.  As said before, honey
and other "syrups" are about 20% water and you have to allow for that
to get the same amount of sugar in the end:
    NECESSARY OZ: =    (DESIRED SUGAR OZ) / 0.8
            (4 oz) / 0.8  = 5 oz.
(Again, all measurements are by weight - since you really can't compare
volume against solids and liquids).

Regarding brown sugar: trade it 1 for 1 for corn sugar if you want,
BY WEIGHT.  Flavor: Brown sugar is just simply table sugar plus a little
molasses for color.  There isn't much flavor added to the sugar so there
would be almost no flavor added to 5 gallons!  You could add you own
molasses for more of that flavor if you want it (be careful - it is a
strong flavor that, personally, I don't like much of).

Bottom line... tho' interesting to try, various PRIMING sugars/syrups
aren't going to make any real difference on your beer.  If you want
to change the flavor, do it somewhere else - like adding significant
molasses in the boil or lots of honey at flameout, for example.



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I've had a different experience. But remember - there are a wide variety of
honeys, all with different flavors to begin with. If you are speaking of
clover honey, I'd say it wouldn't make much difference. A good citrusy
orange blossom honey does impart a citrusy flavor, though. There are some
much stronger honeys which would have similar effects - up to the strongest,
Avocado honey (but I wouldn't want to try that!)



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Yeah, I agree with that.  I did use simple store-bought clover honey.
I have no problem believing that a stronger flavored honey would add
something.

Derric




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I have used honey and there was a distinctly noticable flavor as a result.
One that worked rather nicely in the brown that I was using it on.

First time was 1/2 cup for 5 gallons. Next time I'm trying 2/3 cup - 1/2 was
a little under-carbonated.



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