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#1 jollos

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 10:24 PM

Hey, I am bottling my next gingerbeer batch tomorrow and was considering trying a few out by priming with honey. Was going to do 8-10 grams per litre of sugar, but, no idea how much honey per litre to achieve as good carb.. has anyone had any experience with honey priming to be able to advise?

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Posted 19 May 2017 - 11:34 PM

Honey is 95% fermentable so weight for weight should be close enough to use the same as you would sucrose.

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Posted 20 May 2017 - 08:06 AM

Honey is about 20% water and the solids are about 95% fermentable, so if we compared 1kg of honey to 1kg Sugar (sucrose) that is 100% fermentable.

1000g Honey = 800g solids at 95% fermentable = 760g of fermentables, or 76% fermentable (approximately), call it 75% if you want to make the calculations easier.

To get the same amount of fizz from honey as you get from sugar you need about 25% more than you would for sugar.

Your 8-10g becomes 10-12.5g of honey.

 

If you work out the density of honey you could use a syringe to get a fairly accurate dose into each bottle, warming the honey up makes it very easy to suck up into the syringe.

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