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Do I need to put in that much sugar?

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Ok so I saw you are supposed to put sugar in you beer when bottling. I'm a diabetic and really don't care for sweet beer. How important is the sugar amount to the brewing, and can it be changed?

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The sugar is completely consumed by the yeast, which farts out CO2 to carbonate the beer, and pees out a little alcohol. If you can drink beer, you can drink a naturally carbonated beer. You probably have many times already. Sierra Nevada and Bell's beers are two examples of naturally carbonated beers.

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It's pretty important if you want carbonated beer. The yeast in the beer eats the sugar and produces CO2, which is then trapped in the bottle and carbonates your beer.

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yeah no joke. the mr. beer recommendations are pretty high. i made the default pale ale, and used the amount they specified for the liter bottles... its way to much carbonation for me. i'm going to drop the amount of sugar on the next batches coming up..

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"AndyMad666" post=315527 said:

Ok so I saw you are supposed to put sugar in you beer when bottling. I'm a diabetic and really don't care for sweet beer. How important is the sugar amount to the brewing, and can it be changed?

1st:
Welcome to the forum!

Some good reads:
http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/8-new-brewers-and-faqs/123726-simple-guide-line
http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/8-new-brewers-and-faqs/65050-new-brewers-please-read-malt-to-adjunct-ratios
http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html
http://www.brewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/2207/BA_Beer_Style_2010.pdf
http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator/carbonation.html?11878171#tag
http://www.beerborg.com/index/

2nd:
There are a few of us, myself included that are diabetic. The sugar u put in to prime is mostly eat'n up and turned into gas, ie carbing. It will be fine. You can also use DME (dried malt extract) inplace of sugar, does the same job, gets eat'n up and turned into gas. Yup, MrB's recommendations are a little on the high side, if you want to do it differently, search on here, read up on batch priming and use a prime calculator for exact amounts. It's easy.

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"agentguerry" post=315549 said:

yeah no joke. the mr. beer recommendations are pretty high. i made the default pale ale, and used the amount they specified for the liter bottles... its way to much carbonation for me. i'm going to drop the amount of sugar on the next batches coming up..

Welcome to the forum!

Some good reads:
http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/8-new-brewers-and-faqs/123726-simple-guide-line
http://community.mrbeer.com/forum/8-new-brewers-and-faqs/65050-new-brewers-please-read-malt-to-adjunct-ratios
http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html
http://www.brewersassociation.org/attachments/0000/2207/BA_Beer_Style_2010.pdf
http://hbd.org/cgi-bin/recipator/recipator/carbonation.html?11878171#tag
http://www.beerborg.com/index/

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