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Old 11-18-2013, 11:08 AM   #11
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NB Drops seem a little big. Anyone have trouble fitting these into 12 oz bottles?
If so?how did you go about this?
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:33 PM   #12
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They dropped right in for me

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:14 AM   #13
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I've used lots, I would guess perhaps 15 to 20 containers of them.

And I've noticed many of the same things others have, somewhat inconsistent carbonation, and generally very over carbonated.

So what they end up being used for me is quick and easy carbonation. For experimental batches and when I'm in a hurry I'll use these. When I get a recipe dialed in I will go back to standard carbonation.

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:24 AM   #14
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Funny to hear this. I've purchase 3 containers of the NB fizz drops and they've always worked perfectly. It's just sugar (mostly), and the size can't differ THAT drastically from piece to piece. Maybe your beer want finished fermenting and that caused overcarbination?

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:48 AM   #15
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Ive heard better about coopers than NB myself but my lhbs was out of coopers(or they stopped making them she said I think-think shes wrong about that), so I chose Brewers Best carbonation drops when I did a 5 gal primary batch straight in my bottle bucket. They worked good,maybe a little more carb than I like but Ive overcarbed my beers worse before. I only got them for the sole reason of making my first large 5 gallon batch staight in my bottleing bucket-it was great-very little bottleing effort.

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Old 11-19-2013, 12:51 AM   #16
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Well I for one, am very disappointed with the Fizz Drops. I was getting great, consistent results using a priming sugar solution mixed into the bottling bucket and now I'm kicking myself. Here's why I won't use them again:
-pain in the ass dropping one in each bottle
-I don't like the idea that I'm handling each drop right before dropping it into the bottle - potentially dirty process
-I bottle primarily in 22oz bottles so you have to add two per bottle (2xPIA)
-I imagined they might promote higher consistency - but they are actually different shapes and sizes
-More than anything else: the results SUCK!!!:
-one 12oz bottle I put up was good.
-one 22oz bottle I put up was so bad I just poured it out - SUPER FLAT!
-one 12oz bottle I put up had no head and very little fizz

So, the results were poor and inconsistent. Bummer. And the brew is really pretty good so I'm pissed to have wasted some of this batch.

I'm thinking I may just open them all back up, pour it all back into the bottling bucket, mix in some priming sugar and go for another 2 weeks of bottle conditioning.

Any thoughts about any of this? Other experience with Fixx Drops?
How long did you give them, did they fully disolve also?
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Old 11-19-2013, 04:59 AM   #17
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I had no trouble fitting them into a standard 12oz bottle, though I had the same thought when I first saw them. However, as far as I can tell, they're worse than priming sugar for sure. I got carb, but almost NO head. This time round I'm using priming sugar with an ounce of heading powder from NB. I'm sure this one will turn out better.

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Old 11-20-2013, 03:26 PM   #18
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The only issue I see with carb drops is that you can't dial in the carbonation you want. Whatever the formulation is, that's what you get.

I prefer different amounts of carbonation based on style - porter vs pale ale, for example.

I like them for their convenience and use them as such. I keep the ones I get in kits and use dextrose instead...then toss in drops when I'm feeling lazy and need to bottle a small batch.

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