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Priming Sugar Calculator

The amount of priming sugar needed to carbonate a beer depends on the type of sugar used and the preferred level (volumes) of carbonation desired. Use the calculator below to determine how much priming sugar to use.

Carbonation Guidelines by Style
British Style Ales 1.5 – 2.0 volumes
Belgian Ales 1.9 – 2.4 volumes
American Ales and Lager 2.2 – 2.7 volumes
Fruit Lambic 3.0 – 4.5 volumes
Porter, Stout 1.7 – 2.3 volumes
European Lagers 2.2 – 2.7 volumes
Lambic 2.4 – 2.8 volumes
German Wheat Beer 3.3 – 4.5 volumes


For best results, make sure all primary/secondary fermentation is complete and measure your priming sugar by weight to help determine accurate additions. When adding priming sugar, we suggest the following method: Begin with boiling a cup of water, then dissolve your measured priming sugar in it to make a syrup, and add the syrup to the bottom of your bottling bucket. Lastly, transfer the beer from the fermenter to the bottling bucket. This approach creates a well mixed priming solution that ensures bottles have equal carbonation.

Priming Calculator:

Amount being Bottled: (Gallons)
Target Volumes of CO2: (see table below)
Bottling Temperature of Beer: (F) (see below *)
CO2 in Beer:
Priming Sugar Options:
(Use one of the above options)