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DIY co2 Sugar Options

Has anyone toyed around with using sweet ingredients other than white sugar??

The reason I ask is that I have a friend who is owns a diner and he gave me 6 LARGE bottles of maple syrup and 12 bags of brown sugar.
I understand that both of these ingredients would produce co2 if mixed with yeast and water.
My question is.. has anyone used these and if so, how much of each?

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-18-2007, 01:44 PM
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yeah, they'd work fine.... If the maple syrup is real 100% maple syrup, don't waste it on DIY CO2 (it's yummy)... If it's the fake stuff which is full of corn syrup, go ahead and use it...

I've used brown sugar... Use the same amount as regular sugar... My proportions are 2 cups to 1.5 liters.

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I assume the brown sugar would work better than the cheap maple syrup?

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The corn syrup might work better actually.. It's full of corn syrup which is gluctose, a simple sugar... Might be easier for the yeast to break down.. But sugar is sugar.. I don't think the yeast cares.

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There are a few recipes that people add molasses to help out the yeast. Brown sugar is essentially sugar with molasses added to it. I just started using brown sugar in my diy jello and I will never go back to just plain regular old sugar. It seems to make the yeast happier and in return it provides me with more co2. I agree with others if the maple is the real deal then eat it, if not then let us know how it works.
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Well in the past 24hrs my DIY 2L co2 setup is producing just over 1bps using 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1/2cup of maple syrup, 1tsp Yeast and water filled to the curve in the bottle.

It works great!! :P But lets see how long....

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