Questions tagged [sugar]

Any of the class of soluble, crystalline, typically sweet-tasting carbohydrates found in living tissues and exemplified by glucose, sucrose, and in beer production maltose.

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During what stages to add fermentable vs unfermentable sugars?

New to brewing. I'm trying to understand when and where it makes sense to intentionally add sugar. Based on what I've read/researched so far, I can think of three places where it makes sense: As part ...
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"Ramirez & Gee" model: I'd like a better understanding about G, M, and N terms

My goal: I want to simulate beer (and perhaps other drinks in a future) fermentation processes in software. In the Ramirez & Gee fermentation models, there are three terms for sugars: G for ...
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Reduce excess wine sugar

I created 3 liters of pomegranate wine. I think I put excess sugar. Have taken the wine after 24 days. The wine came out pretty well, but its little sugary, is there a way to decrease the sugar ...
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How do I determine the amount of enzyme needed to liquefy a known quantity of starch substrate?

I have an enzyme preparation (powdery form) with an activity of 1045 U/g which I would like to use in mashing a 70 g of grain whose starch percentage is at 67%. How do I determine the quantity (in ...
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Acid production in sugar wash fermentation vs wort/beer fermentations

I have been experimenting with sugar wash fermentations. I've tried sucrose (cane sugar) as well as dextrose (corn sugar) and observed stalled fermentations in both, in spite of sufficient yeast ...
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How can I ascertain ABV and/or Brix of a mixed fermentation using only specific gravity measurements?

I recently bought an inexpensive little hydrometer in the goal of roughly measuring the alcohol and sugar content of my home-brewed kombucha. I didn't think too hard about the methodology of this ...
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Too much priming Sugar

Okay, how much danger am I in? I used a Mr Beer kit...and bottling added priming sugar. Unfortunately I got on the wrong line - having 500ML bottles, I added the priming sugar for 1 liter bottles. ...
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Would you use Brewing Sugar long past use by date? (3.5 years!)

Having a sort out I've found a bag of brewing sugar that went out of date in August 2016! Curious, been stored in the dry, the bag s in tact and feels fine, I know very inexpensive to buy but waste ...
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Sugar lager/cider brewing

What, if any, is the difference between brewing sugar and priming sugar?
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How to make an optimal fermentation for ginger beer with ginger bug

I'm trying my first batch of ginger beer and decided to make it with ginger bug. What I want to achieve is a bit sweet ginger beer with max alcohol my ginger bug can handle, I read somwhere it is 4-5%...
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Why is a fermented sugar wash white and opaque?

For various reasons I have done a series of test fermentations with various types of ginger powder in the mix. The control was a solution of sugar in water (OG 1.040) with some tartaric acid, boiled ...
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Solid sugar to primary

Next weekend I’m planning to brew a tripel and the recipe includes some table sugar. I usually add the sugar a few days in, after high krausen to reduce the stress on the yeast (= no starter required) ...
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Can blood glucose devices measure anything in beers?

Those blood glucose devices used to control diabetes disease, can them measure anything in beers? Could them display different values of different beers? How do they work compared to hydrometers? ...
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Estimating residual sugars in a beer recipe

I'm finally taking a stab at formulating my own beer recipe. What I'd like to achieve is something dark and chewy, but not overly sweet. I've been playing around with the recipe tools on ...
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removing sugar / dead yeasts / residues from keg

Due to some CO2 cylinder carbonation problems I have resorted to the desperate method of pouring sugar into the keg. Which is probably bad, as I have found out here all I needed was lower temperatures ...
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Effects of extra sugar in kit beer

A friend of mine just set a Morgans Golden Saaz Pilsner with kit yeast and 1kg DME + 1kg sugar. He is fermenting at ~23°C. The kit requests for 1 kg of sugar but my firend accidentally put much more. ...
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Belgian Candi Sugar - CONFUSED!

I've been reading about making some Belgian Candi Sugar for a Piraat (Belgian Tripel) recipe I want to make and finding some inconsistencies about the techniques. People talk about using citric acid ...
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How to store sugar wort?

Do you guys have best plan to store longer for sugar wort to propagate yeast ? I usually take wort after boiling step during brewing and stored at 5 C inside 20 liter container. Or Boil with DME for ...
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What happens to artificial sweeteners in wine?

It's basic knowledge that alcoholic beverages are made by letting the yeast eat sugar and poop out alcoholic and carbon-dioxide, in a process known as fermentation. And since sugar only means sucrose, ...
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Will it be OK to ferment at a lower ambient temp than yeast recommends?

The yeast is Alcotec 24 hour pure original turbo yeast. I am going to try a sugar wash, so just granulated sugar, water and this yeast(which has added nutrients). Now the yeast instructions say ...
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How much sugar to real apple ratio?

So I was going to try an apple cider up to around 12%. So how much sugar will I get roughly per apple and how much additional sugar should I add. The apples are a small granny smith kind. Currently I ...
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Sugar in water effect on specific gravity?

Is there an equation or relation to describe how much sugar is to be added to water to obtain a liquid with a specific gravity? In This question, for example, it is mentioned that "1 lb in 1 gallon ...
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Do you really need yeast/mash nutrients?

This is for a sugar wash only. I have watched a video on YouTube where they only used water, sugar and turbo yeast, no nutrients were used according to the video. Whereas other guides tell you that ...
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Save the (Belgian) wit! I forgot the candi syrup: what should I do now?

Cleaning up after brewing my first extract-based Belgian wit, with wort already cooled and in the carboy, and yeast pitched ... I discovered to my horror i'd forgotten to add the candi syrup to the ...
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Estimating OG when only pre-boil gravity available

Is it possible to estimate the post-boil specific gravity given only a pre boil gravity reading, plus volume measurements, while also accounting for a invert sugar syrup addition? For example, say ...
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Lowering sugar content and using whey for ginger beer

I am planning to make ginger beer using whey and keep the sugar to a minimum. Are you able to advise the level of Rapadura sugar (coconut) to use so that it will be all eaten in the brewing. The aim ...
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How can I prime bottled beer in accordance with the reinheitsgebot?

I so far brew beer using two different beer brewing kits. One required adding honey, the other sugar, for the bottling. First of all - isn't this breaking the reinheitsgebot? As a German I feel ...
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Fermenting sugary tea into an alcoholic beverage?

I was drinking some caramelized cranberry tea today (that is, cranberry-flavored tea sweetened with caramelized sugar, or maltose, or malt sugar, whatever you wanna call it). It tasted very sweet, and ...
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Leave out the sugar in a Belgian tripel?

It seems like the only reason to add plain sugar is to boost ABV without changing flavor. If I want a lighter beer, can I just leave out the sugar? Or will that affect the flavor? I'm not talking ...
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How to make Hard Soda

I have been doing research on making a hard soda but I am never able to find anything that is able to completely describe the process, I have a bottle of orange extract that I would like to use. Are ...
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hard candied sugar

I have been adding a consistent amount of loose Corn sugar (5oz) to each 5 gallon batch. After my final fermentation just before bottling or kegging didn't matter and seems to work pretty well. The ...
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Can I replace D-180 Candi Syrup with Treacle?

I don't have quite enough Belgian Dark Candi Sugar Syrup for a recipe, can I replace a quantity of it with Treacle? I have both golden syrup and black treacle available.
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Adding high amount of yeast to sugar wash

Given that I would not care for good flavor. Would adding 1 lb of hydrated bakers yeast to of a 5 gallon of sugar wash with 17 lbs of sugar make the fermentation process any faster? How much time ...
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Moonshine from freeze distillation?

Just wondering is it possible to turn fermented sugar water with an abv of around 15% into moonshine by freeze distilling it. Also wondering if i would have to worry about methanol when using this ...
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Adding sugar late - a problem?

using a home brew kit I followed all the initial instructions implicitly, got to the final stage of adding the dried yeast and stirred it in. 4 hours later I realised I had failed to add the sugar ...
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Using different sugar for priming

My brew is ready for bottling, this time I doubled the recipe and fermented two Triple Brewferm can kits. I added three cans of Lyle's golden syrup (around 1362 grams), as it gives a better taste. The ...
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Sugar at the bottom still

I've made a lager which is now all bottled. I put half a teaspoon of brewing sugar in to the bottle once the lager was in the bottles. When I looked at the lager the day after I noticed that there is ...
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How much do melanoidins increase gravity?

I recently made an all-grain Russian Imperial Stout on a stovetop, and because of some volume miscalculations (or something), I boiled for 135 minutes to get down to my desired volume of 2.5 gallons. ...
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Lack of Yeast Fermenation

During the fermentation my mash stopped bubbling after 5 days! Can yeast be added? I think I didn't put enough the first time!!
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Alternatives to corn syrup sugar

I have just brewed my first batch of beer and after reading the booster pack ingredients to add to the Cooper's tin I see there is mainly corn syrup as an ingredient, I would like to use a healthier ...
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Adding Sugar before primary fermentation and a few associate Gravity Questions

I mentioned in a previous question that I am about to have a go at my first home brew. This was prompted when the brother-in-law's girlfriend gave me a beer kit for Christmas (Tom Caxton Real Ale). ...
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When to add sugar to big belgian ale?

I'm brewing a cross between Belgian Dark Strong and Barleywine. Currently it is it's third day. Starting gravity was ~26 Brix (~1.11 Specific Gravity). I want to push it up with candi sugar, muscovado,...
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Adding water and sugar to secondary fermentation

My first fermentation bucket's volume is 19 litre and my bottling bucket's is 23 litre. Can I add 3-4 litre of sugar and water to it for secondary fermentation? Will it affect the taste in a bad way? ...
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Fermentable sugars in Vanilla

I am a big fan of Dogfish Head's use of natural sugars in fermentation. I recall an apricot IPA that really blew my mind. The fruit came through in a unique way that wasn't too sweet. I was ...
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What does Brewing Sugars add to your beer?

I was enticed to buy one kg of brewing sugars for my home brew. It was said that it would dry out the taste of the beer. I would like to know what effect adding one kg of dextrose would bring to 20 ...
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Does High Sugar Concentration Inhibits Bacterial growth?

About a month ago, I started making a dairy-free drink with blended fruit (i.e. Strawberries, Raspberries, etc). I'd like to start lacto-fermenting these smoothies but a friend of mine insists that ...
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How to prime and bottle?

apologies for the somewhat newbie question (I can't hide it, this is my first batch and I'm hoping to get it right)! I have started the Bulldog Evil Dog double IPA kit and although I am still some ...
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Can Lactobacillus ferment solely with table sugar?

I'd like to create an anaerobic ferment with just lactobacillus (i.e. no yeast), table sugar and water. Is this possible or would I have to add anything else to help the Lactobacillus ferment?
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How does corn sugar affect the beer vs cane sugar?

Brand new to home-brewing. Currently making 1 gal small batches. I see a lot of recipes that call for either corn sugar or cane sugar, with honey as another alternative. How does corn sugar affect the ...
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Can this juice ferment without added sugar?

If I wanted to make a hooch out of "cranberry juice cocktail", which is composed of "water, cranberry juice, high fructose corn syrup, cranberry juice concentrate, and ascorbic acid, how would I go ...