MichaelH
Hi, just wanted some priming advice. I intend to start anew beer at weekend whilst another one is finishing - and I’m a bucket short (I have 2). So my finishing beer will be in a secondary, after a few days of dry hopping - and when needing to bottle I will have no free bucket. I really really want to make this new beer at weekend ! So has anyone added priming solution into top of secondary and given gentle stir and then bottled ? Or is that just daft and I should wait or just get another bucket ?? Thanks !
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Clibit
MichaelH wrote:
Hi, just wanted some priming advice. I intend to start anew beer at weekend whilst another one is finishing - and I’m a bucket short (I have 2). So my finishing beer will be in a secondary, after a few days of dry hopping - and when needing to bottle I will have no free bucket. I really really want to make this new beer at weekend ! So has anyone added priming solution into top of secondary and given gentle stir and then bottled ? Or is that just daft and I should wait or just get another bucket ?? Thanks !


If there's sediment that can be stirred up i wouldn't do it. I'd add sugar to bottles instead. 
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MichaelH
Yes you are right of course. Thanks !
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Robert
Clibit wrote:


If there's sediment that can be stirred up i wouldn't do it. I'd add sugar to bottles instead. 


Small plastic funnel, cut most of the stem off to allow the sugar through more easily, 5mm measuring spoon, spoon some sugar out, drag a fork or spoon handle across the top to level, tip into clean and sterilised bottle using funnel.
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MichaelH
Ok thanks. And if I use carbonation drops what volume of co2 would u guess at for standard 2 drops to 500ml bottles? Not sure it gives this on the packets. My recipe is between 2.1 and 2.3.
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Gregles
I was weighing sugar with jewellers scales last night and the small end of a medicine spoon, heaped with sugar, is invariably 3 grams.
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MichaelH
Ah ok thanks nice tip.
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AdrianDBW
The other option is to dissolve sugar into boiled water, and use a syringe (such as the ones you get with kids medicine) to add this sugar water (when cooled) to the bottles ahead of the beer.

I've not tried this, but it is apparently cleaner and easier than using the medicine spoon approach- which is my usual method!
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