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Brown Sugar Primer Carbonation Rate Relative To Corn Sugar
« on: November 13, 2012, 03:34:13 PM »
I made a pumpkin ale from a kit and used light brown sugar (mixed with cinnamon and spices) to bottle and liked the flavor it gave my beer.

I sampled a friends pumpkin ale and loved it. I asked him if he would send me his recipe and he graciously did. Now I am copying his recipe to Beersmith II. He force carbonates, whereas I bottle carbonate. I plan on bottling with brown sugar again with his recipe so I had to add brown sugar (light and dark) to the carbonation section in the program and when I did I noticed the different rates between the different sugars (ie honey has a carbonation rate 90.50 % relative to corn sugar).

Now my question is: Does does anyone know the carbonation rate for brown sugar (both light and dark) compared to corn sugar?

I would like to know so that I can set the priming effectiveness in the program.
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Re: Brown Sugar Primer Carbonation Rate Relative To Corn Sugar
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2012, 05:21:26 PM »
Brown sugar is granulated cane sugar with a small amount of molasses added for for color and flavor.
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Re: Brown Sugar Primer Carbonation Rate Relative To Corn Sugar
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2012, 05:32:55 PM »
So I take what your saying then is it will be the same as granulated sugar? What about the Molasses addition? Isn't molasses also a fermentable  and would add points to granulated sugar number?
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Re: Brown Sugar Primer Carbonation Rate Relative To Corn Sugar
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2012, 05:03:31 PM »
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So I take what your saying then is it will be the same as granulated sugar?

Basically.  I'd have to consult a cook book to be sure, but basically, yes. Can't go strictly off weight, since part of the weight of brown sugar is moisture from the molasses.

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What about the Molasses addition? Isn't molasses also a fermentable  and would add points to granulated sugar number?

In this amount? No. We're talking a tablespoon or two over five gallons. 

You're really not gaining anything by using brown sugar instead of corn sugar. All you're really adding is a bit of uncertainty.

If you want molasses, add molasses to the recipe. Then prime with corn sugar.
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Re: Brown Sugar Primer Carbonation Rate Relative To Corn Sugar
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2012, 05:38:20 PM »
Thanks Maine Homebrewer
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