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Old 10-16-2008, 04:32 AM   #1
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I have a bottling bucket, but it is also my sanitation bucket..
..So, I thought I'd use priming tabs, and bottle straight from the carboy.

My LHBS was out of priming tabs but had these:

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Designed to make bottling a breeze for all levels of homebrewers. Simply add one drop to each 12 oz bottle (2 drops if using 22 oz bottles) prior to filling. Fill bottle to within 1-2" of the top & cap as normal. Store at fermentation temperature & your beer will be fully carbonated within 3 days. Contains 60 drops.
They seem really big, and weigh way more than the entire package of priming sugar I have.

I checked out other posts having to do with these, and so I think I'll go ahead and try them anyway.

BUT i'd like to hear some thoughts on the "fully carbonated within 3 days" claim.
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Old 10-16-2008, 04:40 AM   #2
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I've used the Cooper's drops shown above and the Munton's tablets. Both work the same and I've never had any problems with either.

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its much harder than it sounds to bottle without transfer to a bottling bucket. In fact i wouldnt recommend bottling straight from the carboy because you kick up alot of yeast and proteins. Go out and buy a bucket or hit up the local bakery

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<bump> what about the "fully carbonated in 3 days" claim?

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I use those every time I bottle. But, I often use the bottling bucket as well. The only time I've bottled directly out of the carboy is with one of my better bottle's that has the spigot attachment. However, you beer will be carbed in under a week if you store at 70-75 degrees with the Coopers tabs. I use two in a 22er and one in a 12oz.

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never carbed in 3 days. But Ive used them a bunch with good effect

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I use them all the time, never carbed in 3 days, but it beats guessing on the sugar amount per bottle.

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Is there any affect taste wise when using these drops?

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Carbonation in three days is a myth, they're just sugar drops, the yeasties still have to do their job...and it won't do anything about making your beer tasting good...3 day old beer is green...

The Mantra is 3 weeks @ 70, 3 weeks @ 70, 3 weeks @ 70, no matter WHAT you use to prime the beer with.

Read this...and watch the video...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/558191-post101.html

Sorry kid, there's no magic bullet about bottle carbing/conditioning...

Even kegging takes SOME time...


(and for god sakes go to a hardware store and buy a 5 dollar bucket for sanitization)

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Carbonation in three days is a myth, they're just sugar drops, the yeasties still have to do their job...and it won't do anything about making your beer tasting good...3 day old beer is green...
The Mantra is 3 weeks @ 70, 3 weeks @ 70, 3 weeks @ 70, no matter WHAT you use to prime the beer with.
Read this...and watch the video...
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/558191-post101.html
Sorry kid, there's no magic bullet about bottle carbing/conditioning...
Even kegging takes SOME time...
(and for god sakes go to a hardware store and buy a 5 dollar bucket for sanitization)
After reading this, I chilled a beer that I bottled on Saturday with Coopers carb tabs, just for kicks. Almost fully carbed. Also not green as I bulk aged it for two weeks while dryhopping.

I store my bottles in a closet that is always hotter than the rest of the house, it's probably 75 when the heat is on. My beers always carb in a week with these things(Coopers) at this temperature. I used DME once and will never do it again, the beer took a month to carb, even in the warmer room.
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