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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:12 pm

How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Please tell me how many cups of corn sugar equal a pound.
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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:58 pm

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

I think 3/4 cup is 5 oz so about 2.3 cups should be real close
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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 7:59 pm

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

How long is a piece of string? There's really no way of knowing. It depends on how tightly the sugar is packed in the measuring cup.
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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:12 pm

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Hold about 8 measuring cups in your hands, stand on your bathroom scale.

Have your partner check your weight, then start filling the measuring cups.

You should have your answer in a minute or less...
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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 8:58 pm

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

The cook's rule of thumb is "pint's a pound", so two, but like Denny said, it can't be answered accurately. I know the volume difference between packed and sifted flour, for example, is about 30%.
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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 10:37 pm

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Abouot a pound's worth of cups.

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It'll be easier to find (or purchase) a scale. You'll be able to use it for measuring extract, sugars, hops, etc. down the road. You won't be sorry.

NB sells some nice Escalia electronic scales. You can justify the purchase to your wife/GF/S.O. by saying that it can also be used in the kitchen!!! Woo-hoo!!!!
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Post Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:06 pm

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

A leveled cup of dry cane sugar, no lumps, weighs almost exactly 7 oz. I believe cane and corn are volumetrically identical, but it ought to be really close.
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Post Sat Oct 17, 2009 6:52 am

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Shadetree wrote:A leveled cup of dry cane sugar, no lumps, weighs almost exactly 7 oz. I believe cane and corn are volumetrically identical, but it ought to be really close.

I'd have to disagree with this. Corn sugar is definitely less dense and fluffier. Again there's no way to be exactly accurate with volumes vs. weight except for water. My calculations in the past were around 5 oz./cup.
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Post Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:38 am

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Don't forget that humidity will also affect your volume and weight measurements. Best way to tell is to get a small scale and do your own experimentations. Do it on a wet rainy day and you will probably get a different value than on a dry day.
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Post Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:53 am

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Next to a wort chiller, and hydrometer, my scale was the best purchase I have made. I under carbed (badly) a batch, and under hopped a couple batches. No more eying it up/guessing, I got an Escali scale.. Like $20. Seriously, one of the best purchase I have made. If it saves one batch, it has more than paid for itself.
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Post Sat Oct 17, 2009 8:55 am

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

Actually, if you want to be anal about it, you should have your corn sugar desiccated to 0% moisture and do it on an anhydrous basis to ensure repeatability. You do have a desiccator, correct? :wink:

Place your corn sugar in an open cake pan and place in the oven at 230 deg F for about 8 hours and let cool in the desiccator. Then you can find the real volume vs. weight of corn sugar. (I don't go to those lengths..)


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Post Sat Oct 17, 2009 10:27 am

Re: How many cups of corn sugar equal a pound

You guys are funny and helpful for the new guy (o.p.)

I just weighed a level 3/4 cup of corn sugar and it is 5 oz. I think that is close enough for who/what its for.

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