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Priming When Kegging


Murray Nunn — Happy Valley, Oregon asks,

All the recipes in BYO call for corn sugar “if priming.” There are many articles about kegging and carbonating and a few of them I read mentioned priming when kegging but did not say how much or if it is a standard practice. I am currently using 5-gallon (19-L) “corny” soda kegs and use bottled CO2 to carbonate. I brew all-grain IPAs and winter ales, normally around 6.5% ABV. Is priming for kegs recommended and if so how much corn sugar for a 5-gallon (19-L) batch?

This is a popular topic and we have run many variations on this basic question in past issues of BYO. I believe that there are some reasons to keg condition and will
Response by Ashton Lewis.