substitute for corn sugar (priming sugar)?

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i have read that 2/3 cup white sugar can be substituted for the
standard 3/4 cup corn sugar for priming. are there downsides to this?
is it recommended?


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Corn sugar is a simpler molicule and easier utilized by the yeast. You can
substitute white sugar but it is not recomended, I have heard that white
sugar can give the beer an off (undesirable) flavor.

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It is completely fine to use plain table sugar instead of corn sugar.

For the last couple of years I've been using table sugar exclusively and
there is absolutely no difference in taste.  I've used it in extremely
light beers - and there is NO off-taste.  I'm not positive about the
volume measurement difference since I weigh it.  I weigh out 4 oz of
either one.

Table sugar's molecule contains both a glucose (corn sugar) and a
fructose molecule in combination.  It seems to take the yeast a *tad*
longer to break this apart and then ferment both.  For carbonation,
it might be a day or two longer if you were comparing two identical
beers, one with each sugar (that's what I did).  STILL, I usually have
significant carbonation after about 3 days.

Most people now believe that the "old wisdom" that table sugar gives
cidery taste is wrong.  Cidery taste probably comes from old/stale
liquid malt extract.  When the recipe called for additional sugar and
old LME was used, the sugar got blamed for the off-taste.  ANYWAY, the
tiny amount used for carbonation is insignificant (the cidery taste was
alledged to come from using POUNDS of sugar in a recipe).  If you have
cidery tasting beer, first make sure you have FRESH LME.

Derric


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dave wrote:
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This is a myth that's been around a long time.  In short, using table
suagr in amounts less than 25% of the total fermentables will not cause
any off flavors.

    ---------->Denny

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Thanks for the correction. From what I read from several articles I had the
impression that any use of white sugar was not recomended and only less than
20 percent of corn sugar. I'll start using sucrose (white sugar) in the
future for priming, it's a lot cheeper.



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Well I couldn't wait till New Years to try one of my ales that I used
Cane
instead of Corn sugar for priming.  I am happy to report that as
far as
carbonation it has done well.  I can't tell that there is any
problems with
flavor but the head retention is almost non existant.  Of
course the head is
probably no fault of the priming sugar but rather the
old hop plugs I was using.
 This last batch of the year was kind of done
with whatever I had left around
the house just to clear the way for next
year.


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Gabe wrote:
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Is 'Corn Sugar' what the homebrew suppliers in the UK call 'glucose
powder' or 'brewing and winemaking sugar'? If so, I've used both with
no obvious difference in taste. The table sugar which I do use is cane
sugar, though.


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I,ve used table sugar made from beets as well with no ill effects. I'm
sure the
LHBS would rather sell you the sugar. :)


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Regular table sugar is ok, it just takes a bit longer for the yeast to
ferment
it when compared to corn sugar (dextrose).

Also, corn sugar has some water in
it, thus the difference in amounts
used. The stuff they sell here claims to have
10% water.


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thanks for all the advice, guys. it'll save me an hour of driving this
weekend.


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In January I will find out what powdered cane sugar does for bottling
one of my standard ales.
Found myself in a simular situation where I couldn't get corn sugar or
dextrose on a Sunday.


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