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How can I get more consistent carbonation in bottles?

weigh your priming sugar, don't measure the volume boil it in just enough water to dissolve it for a few minutes pour that sugar syrup into your bottling bucket rack the beer onto the sugar mixture ...
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How can I prime bottled beer in accordance with the reinheitsgebot?

Yes. Priming with sugar would break the reinheitsgeboten. The way you want to go is to retain unfermented mash and add it when bottling takes place. There's a really handy calculator right here: ...
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Confectioners sugar for priming?

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-...
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on not priming ale

The bottom line is that while this is by some considered the purest form of brewing, and good beer is attainable without adding finings or priming sugar, is it worth the additional effort and ...
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Why less priming sugar in a mini keg?

Your general understanding is pretty much spot-on. I think the thing to consider here is that your reasoning assumes that half or a third of the priming sugar is meant to yield the same amount of ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I agree with JesseB1234 and Mr_road. I did it myself a few times and results may vary. I had one cork poping up out of 5 bottles. It is not ideal, but if you have no other option, here are a few ...
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If I stop fermentation early does the sugar left in juice still turns into Co2 after bottling

Priming is really just another word for fermentation, sometimes called secondary fermentation. If you stop fermentation when 20% of sugar remains, you normally do this by killing the yeast. This means ...
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Bottling Hard Cider - can I prime with sweet cider?

I don't really agree with your pro and con list. Assuming you're able to calculate the right amount of sweet apple cider to add for priming, and this should be fairly simple arithmetic based on brix ...
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How to use priming sugar

Based upon what you said, namely that you only have the one container and it is currently filled with your cider, here are what I see for the pros/cons: Adding it directly to the bucket will give you ...
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Bottling Bucket - really necessary?

Most of the equipment is not really necessary. It may just make it much easier. When you use a bottling bucket, you rack from fermenter to bottling bucket, leaving a layer of dead yeast cells and ...
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How can I prime bottled beer in accordance with the reinheitsgebot?

The easiest way to not break the Reinheitsgebot rules is to use malt extract. Either liquid or dried. Simple as that. Many people do this and most homebrew books have a way to calculate the amounts. ...
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Priming solution or add sugar to individual bottles?

You do have the answer in your question. When brewing my first kit, I put the sugar in each bottle and here is my experience: Have to measure sugar for each bottle, difficult and time consuming when ...
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Still, un-bubbly cider after priming and left for 3 weeks at room temperature

Sound like its just not done yet. Wild yeast will work slower than some purer strains will work. If there is pressure under the cap when you open it then there is some activity going. Of course, if ...
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Does lagering reduce yeast so much that bottle carbonation is effected?

Usually its fine. There's plenty of yeast around for carbonate, but it will take longer. You should still be bottle conditioning at 60-70F to get the carbonation to happen. If you lager a beer for ...
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What sugar to use when transferring to bottle or barrel

Almost anything, really, would work... If you want gas in your beer, kind of sugar does not matter, anything that ferment will work. .. but every thing will work in it's own way Glucose Will ...
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Bottling Bucket - really necessary?

If you have a bucket w/ a tap in it, it sounds to me like you already have a bottling bucket. I'd probably buy another bucket w/o a tap to ferment in and bottle using your current bucket. You can ...
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Using different sugar for priming

You should have no problem using table sugar for priming, but you can use golden syrup if you prefer. I would say there is no risk of ruining the flavour. The amount you are using for priming will ...
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What is the ideal temperature during carbonation with priming for an ale?

Optimal about 18C-20C. But almost any temperature between 5 and 25 will work. If cooler then it takes longer. It is possible to go higher but there may be some more fruity esters produced although not ...
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Too much priming Sugar

You could end up with bottle bombs, and even if you are lucky, when opening bottle with much more pressure, you risk gushing. I would empty all bottles in a fermenter, leave it to ferment dry and ...
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How much table sugar to use in bottling

Using an online calculator I assumed a vol of CO2 of 2.4 (similar to Pale Ale), at 22C for 20L. You need ~110-112grams of table sugar total. You can try and divide that per the number of bottles if ...
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How to use priming sugar

The process used by many home brewers is roughly this: Boil the priming sugar with enough water to make a syrup. Cool the sugar solution and transfer to a clean, sterilized bucket Transfer the ...
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on not priming ale

I haven't used priming sugar for a few years now (having also read this book), but I always cask my beers rather than bottle. I transfer from the primary fermenter after one week, and I always end up ...
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Does old fermented beer need more priming in the bottle

If you were to bottle it as is, the beer will remain just as carbonated (if not less, due to agitation) than it is now. In order to get the carbonation you will need to add some source of fermentables ...
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How can I get more consistent carbonation in bottles?

The yeast that carbonates your beer should already be in suspension, that is, invisible without a microscope. So, unless you've filtered the beer, don't worry about the yeast. Don't stir up the yeast ...
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Off flavours from unsanitized priming sugar

I usually dissolve my sugar in boiling water, before adding it to the bottle or kegs for priming. I have in the past just added half a spoonful of granulated sugar directly to the bottles with no ...
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Should I bottle whole batch after fermentation?

You can bottle up some and leave the rest it should be fine. I have done this before and it was fine. I usually add a spoonful of sugar to the FV to ensure it generates a bit more CO2 to 'blanket' it ...
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What is the ideal temperature during carbonation with priming for an ale?

You are correct when you say the warmer the brews are stored the faster carbonation will complete. Carbonation is a mini fermentation, so ideally you would want it to complete around the same ...
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How can I prime bottled beer in accordance with the reinheitsgebot?

As a German I don't get the hype about the Reinheitsgebot. I think it was a nice invention back then and sure is a good marketing thing nowadays. You should read into why the Reinheitsgebot was ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

The bottles will probably be fine, although they are not made for being under pressure so don’t take my word for it. But how do you want to close them off? Corks without some sort of cage will pop ...
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Can I store beer in wine bottles

I have done so before and it was OK, but... you do run the risk of them blowing up. If you do close them off I would cork them and leave them pointing up, so hopefully the corks would pop before the ...
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