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Corn Sugar (Dextrose)

Corn Sugar (Dextrose)

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Description

Corn Sugar, or dextrose, is used to "prime" your beer to produce natural carbonation in the bottle. "Priming" is the act of adding a small amount of fresh fermentable sugar to the beer just before bottling so that the residual yeast will consume it and produce carbonation in the sealed bottle. We recommend corn sugar for this purpose because it is easy for the yeast to consume and has a neutral flavor profile, meaning it will leave your beer tasting the way you designed it!
 
Use 4 or 5 oz of corn sugar to prime 5 gallons prior to bottling. Dissolve in 1-1.5 pints of water and boil for 5 minutes to sanitize prior to mixing with your beer.
 
If your fermentation ended at 68F it will retain about 1 volume of CO2. If it ended at 50F it will retain about 1.2 volumes of CO2. 4 oz in 5 gallons adds 1.48 Volumes of CO2. 5 oz adds 1.84 volumes of CO2 to 5 Gallons.
 
Suggested CO2 Levels:
  • Cask Ales 1.5 to 2.0
  • Ales 2.3 to 2.6
  • Lagers 2.4 to 2.6
  • Highly Carbonated Beers 3.0+
    • Champagne is 6.3 and requires a special bottle.
 
To convert from volumes to g/L:
  • multiply volumes x 1.96.
 
Can also be used to boost your Original Gravity without impacting the beer's flavor profile. Adds 1.042 points per pound per gallon (PPG) to your specific gravity.
  • Dextros Needed (lbs.) = (Actual Volume * (Target Gravity – Actual Gravity)) / 0.042
 
 
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cider making
James S on Jan 21, 2020
Lighten Body
JUSTIN G on Jan 21, 2020
cider making
James S on Jan 21, 2020
easy to use
reggie g on Jan 21, 2020
Lighten Body
JUSTIN G on Jan 21, 2020
Pretty sure I’ll be using a lot of it.
Anthony S on Jan 15, 2020
I use it for bottling.
Joseph H on Jan 14, 2020
Priming
Quinn F on Jan 13, 2020
need more
Michael F on Jan 7, 2020
priming sugar for bottle carbonating
Garrett C on Jan 6, 2020
cheaper in bulk
Matthew S on Jan 6, 2020
Easy
Thomas B on Jan 3, 2020
because i need it to bottle
sarah h on Jan 3, 2020
Read the reviews
Kenyon on Jan 1, 2020
I wish you still included this in the kit. I always forget to add it.
Shawn P on Jan 1, 2020
Carbonate cider
Valued C on Dec 31, 2019
Need some more sugar.
Jaime L on Dec 30, 2019
Love the higher ABV beers, clean taste
Marcus J R on Dec 29, 2019
To make a White Claw clone
Matthew S B on Dec 24, 2019
Not in kit
Scott B on Dec 20, 2019
priming sugar
Garrett L on Dec 19, 2019
Worked well in the last batch of beer
Henry F K on Dec 19, 2019
bottle carbonation
Matt P on Dec 17, 2019
Christmas gift
Burr W on Dec 12, 2019
I couldn't find the packet tyhat was supposed to be with my kit
Jonathan B on Dec 12, 2019
For priming during bottling and adding extra alcohol potency to my beers.
Brent W on Dec 6, 2019
Doesn't come in kit
Erik A A on Dec 3, 2019
need for bottling primer
Brent W on Nov 27, 2019
Need my bubbles
Harry T on Nov 25, 2019
carbonation
Frank Z on Nov 21, 2019
Like a little higher ABC IN MY RECIPE'S.
Mark M. S on Nov 20, 2019
not included in kit
Tim C on Nov 19, 2019
I use it to help dry out beers and make hard setlzers
Chad S on Nov 19, 2019
Dextro makes you go fast!
Hunter H on Nov 14, 2019
Required for the recipe and bottling.
Jacob J on Nov 6, 2019
Because kit doesn’t come with it
Matt D on Nov 5, 2019
we need it
david c on Nov 5, 2019
Priming
Jonathan A on Nov 4, 2019
Bottle conditioning
Charles W on Oct 29, 2019
Im new to brewing and it came with my starter kit
Wendy R on Oct 28, 2019
To bottle condition cider.
Dominic Q on Oct 28, 2019
Bottle conditioning
Wade on Oct 25, 2019
Bottling
William H. B on Oct 25, 2019
Standard starting sugar
Craig M on Oct 24, 2019
Lighten the body
Jonathan A on Oct 24, 2019
To prime
Colin C on Oct 23, 2019
I like it better than malt extract for priming
Mark M on Oct 21, 2019
Works great for me .
Walter L.Doughty on Oct 18, 2019
I’ve only ever used 5 oz.
Derek G on Oct 16, 2019
It was recommended
Michael R on Oct 12, 2019
i bottle beer
Nicholas R on Oct 10, 2019
Priming as well as recipes
Craig Peacock on Oct 3, 2019
easy to use
reggie g on Jan 21, 2020
Pretty sure I’ll be using a lot of it.
Anthony S on Jan 15, 2020
Reviews

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It’s corn sugar
It’s corn sugar, I wouldn’t know how to tell good or bad. No bugs in it, that’s got to be good right?
January 20, 2020
Purchased
7 months ago
Sweet! Corn Sugar
As a home brewer you can always use a few lbs of corn sugar to use as needed.
January 20, 2020
Purchased
2 weeks ago
Corn sugar for carbonating
Conveniently measured for my batch with instructions on the package.
December 3, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Yee haw
Give my beer the bubbles, how fancy
December 2, 2019
Purchased
2 months ago
Can never have too much of this on hand
I bottle, so I use a lot of dextrose for that alone. But I'm brewing a couple Belgians in the near future, so will burn through a few lbs. of it in the boil.
November 6, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Priming beer!
Great for priming beer. I like using it instead of DME.
November 5, 2019
Purchased
3 months ago
Great and versatile product.
Use it for bottling and to increase alcohol and lower specific gravity in IPAs.
August 13, 2019
Purchased
5 months ago
The good stuff
Perfect results as always
June 21, 2019
Purchased
7 months ago
A pile of white powder
Worked as expected. It dissolved nicely into boiling water and eventually provided food for my yeast.
June 7, 2019
Purchased
8 months ago
Fantastic corn sugar!
I can't speak highly enough about this corn sugar. It's just amazing.
April 16, 2019
Purchased
10 months ago