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To better understand what to use, you have to understand what the yeast actually likes to eat. Yeast can only consume simple (monosaccharides) sugars. Of this, glucose/dextrose is preferred but it will also consume fructose and galactose. In order for it to consume more complex sugars (disaccharides and polysaccharides), such as sucrose (table sugar) or ...


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Most of the priming sugar available at homebrew shops is finely granulated dextrose/corn sugar. It can be confused with; but it is not confectioners sugar. Most confectioners sugar contains anti-caking agents in it, like cornstarch or silicates. Neither of these are necessarily good for your beer. I stopped buying "priming sugar" from the shop and ...


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It is almost certainly not confectioner's sugar, but instead dried malt extract (DME), which has a very similar super-fine powder consistency. While DME is all malt sugar, confectioner's sugar is a mix of finely-ground table sugar and corn-starch. You do not want corn-starch in your beer. Alternatives for priming sugar are pretty much any pure fermentable: ...



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