[quote=“elexrmxr”]Ok, So I am about to bottle my first batch of beer and I have ONE major question?
I am brewing a True Brew Oktoberfest Extract Kit, and I have heard from others that I DO NOT want to use all the priming sugar that comes in the kit because of exploding bottles. Is this true? If so, is there a way to figure out exactly how much sugar I will want to use?
Exploding bottles come from a beer that has not fermented completely.
Google “tastybrew priming sugar calculator” and you can dial in exactly how much sugar you need to carbonate your batch. dissolve in a few cups of water on the stove, cool, and add to your bottling bucket.
You will need a scale. I recommend picking up a digital scale. It should be under $20 at Target or anywhere like that and you will use it throughout your brewing career (and for a million other things in the kitchen!). Great/borderline essential pick up.
The only way to be sure you will not get bottle bombs is ensuring that the fermentation has finished (read: all simple sugars in the wort have been consumed). Do you have a hydrometer? Another phenomenal $20 investment, IMHO something every brewer needs.
Could you give a few more details (how long the beer was in the ale pail, at what temperature, etc.).