Ask Mr. Wizard

Mixing Priming Sugar

TroubleShooting

Brad Johnson • Blaine, Minnesota asks,
Q

I have always added the priming sugar syrup to the bottling bucket before I add the beer to the bucket creating a swirling motion to mix the priming sugar to the beer filling the bucket. Fellow brewclub members tell me that they add the priming sugar to the beer in the bucket after the beer has been siphoned from the secondary fermenter. When is the right time to add the priming sugar for bottling?

A
I think this is an example of “six of one, half dozen of the other.” There is no “right” time to add priming sugar to the bottling bucket; both times work fine.
Response by Ashton Lewis.