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PA_Brewer (68.83.151.173)
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 01:39 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Has anyone used the Coopers Carbonation Drops? I typically always brew and transfer everything to a corny keg. Every so often it would be nice to bottle several beers and use some thing like these to make the process easier. Using priming sugar can sometimes be a pain.

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Bob B (68.149.104.64)
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 03:01 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I've been using Coopers drops for a couple of months now since my Canadian mail order supplier discontinued Primetabs and switched to Coopers. I like using them. Here's what I've discovered so far...

Pros

Only one drop instead of 3-5 Primetab tablets per 12 oz/350 ml bottle. When sampling the homebrew being bottled and drinking other homebrew while bottling, it's easy to count to one.

I've noticed less sediment in the bottom of the bottle compared to Primetabs. In talking to some other homebrewers, we think the Primetabs leave binder behind with the left over yeast.

Cons

Can't adjust the amount to increase/decrease carbonation. Primetabs allow you to adjust carbonation by adding or removing the number of tablets per bottle. Coopers instructions say 1 drop per 12 oz/350 bottle and 2 drops per 22 oz/650-710 ml bottle. No details on how to adjust carbonation by varying the amount of drops. The makers of Primetabs have good details on adjusting carbonation with their tablets.

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If you are going for average carbonation, then I think Coopers drops work just as well as Primetabs. However, if you want to adjust your carbonation for a particular style, stay with Primetabs or use priming sugar.

Cheers,

Bob
 

Guy C (67.169.98.103)
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 06:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

If one were so inclined, adding a pre-measured amount of some other priming sugar (or crushed carbonation drops) in addition to one of the carbonation drops would help with adjusting the levels. It's not as convenient, but it should work.
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.114.5)
Posted on Sunday, January 18, 2004 - 06:34 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

lazy man's corn sugar. I don;'t get the point. Why not measure out some very cheap, readily available corn sugar. I can give you 20 links to carb calculators.
 

Wykowski (209.222.26.27)
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 02:07 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

>>"Why not measure out some very cheap, readily available corn sugar"

dropping a carb. drop in a bottle is easier than measuring out one bottles worth of corn sugar

I filled about 5 bottles right out of the keg, and droped in the carb. drops, I found the beer a little under carbed,,,but good enough
 

Belly Buster Bob (142.177.6.178)
Posted on Monday, January 19, 2004 - 02:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I guess I'm a cheap old screw. The drops here are about 7 times the price of corn sugar. I've completely given up on my small HB shop. Can't make enough to be worth the effort

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