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Old 11-07-2008, 03:33 AM   #1
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I am almost done drinking my first batch of Coopers European Lager. I made newbie mistakes with the temp and most of my green batch had off flavors. I learned from my mistakes and have temperature control under control (for ales for now, next lager will be attempted when snow falls). Some of my 1st batch bottles came up kind of green while a few were perfect. There was one bottle that I had the other day that was just perfect. I guess it was what you would call a session beer, it was so crisp and smooth, like you can drink 3 of them in a row and ask for more. Anyways, despite all my mistakes with the 1st batch I want to make a comment about Coopers carbonation drops. They are really really good!!! I mean the carbonation that I have in some of my beers is amazing. I like carbonated stuff and this stuff gives it a kick. Here is a pic of one of the last remaining bottles. As you can see carbonation level is pretty pretty good. I hope I will have the same results with switching to priming sugar which is much cheaper then Coopers miracle workers. I think Revvy might agree with me that between these drops and yeasties there are not that many miracle workers. Let them do their thing and they got it going on

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Both the Cooper's carbonation drops and the Munton's carb tabs work quite well.

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How many oz's where the bottles? I use 16 oz flip top Grolsh bottles and I am having a tough time guesstimating the right combination of drops to use. Since the Coopers are pretty big and designed for 12 oz bottles, and you really can't cut them, I also got some Muntons tabs which are smaller (use 4 per 12 oz) and I am using one Coopers and one Muntons. So far, it is still under carbonated.

I like the idea since I keg and just bottle about six to determine when the keg is ready to put in the 'fridge, I just wish I could find the magic combination for those Grolsh bottles.

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How many oz's where the bottles? I use 16 oz flip top Grolsh bottles and I am having a tough time guesstimating the right combination of drops to use. Since the Coopers are pretty big and designed for 12 oz bottles, and you really can't cut them, I also got some Muntons tabs which are smaller (use 4 per 12 oz) and I am using one Coopers and one Muntons. So far, it is still under carbonated.

I like the idea since I keg and just bottle about six to determine when the keg is ready to put in the 'fridge, I just wish I could find the magic combination for those Grolsh bottles.

It seems like it would be simpler to mix up the appropriate amount of priming sugar solution for your batch size, put it in your bottling bucket and rack on top of that, then bottle. Then the ratio of sugar solution to beer will be correct regardless of what size bottle you use.
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Old 11-07-2008, 01:52 PM   #5
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It seems like it would be simpler to mix up the appropriate amount of priming sugar solution for your batch size, put it in your bottling bucket and rack on top of that, then bottle. Then the ratio of sugar solution to beer will be correct regardless of what size bottle you use.
True, but they serve a purpose as well....Some people keg, but bottle a few for various reasons, including contest entries...and rather that calculating the amount of sugar water needed for 4 or 6, 12 ounce bottles the tabs are a perfect solution...

And some people find it easier just to drop the tabs in...It like so much in the hobby is a matter of choice.
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This is from a 740 ml PET bottle that came with my Coopers brewery and I put 2 carbonation drops since its 25 oz (2x12). I guess I should pickup some Muntons as they are cheaper and smaller in size. I plan to use some 1 liter seltzer bottles in the future so for that I'll put 2 Coopers + 1 Muntons.

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Generally speaking, would you say that they carb the beer in about three days as they advertise?

My beer has aged and is ready to drink, except I can't get it to carb. I am about to order the drops or tabs so I can start drinking the beer that I have been complaining about in my other thread.

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Generally speaking, would you say that they carb the beer in about three days as they advertise?
Yeah they do basically. But after three days, a week or two in the fridge does wonders.
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True, but they serve a purpose as well....Some people keg, but bottle a few for various reasons, including contest entries...and rather that calculating the amount of sugar water needed for 4 or 6, 12 ounce bottles the tabs are a perfect solution...

And some people find it easier just to drop the tabs in...It like so much in the hobby is a matter of choice.
I use 1 flat teaspoon of corn sugar per 500ml flip-top Grolsh bottle for plisners/lagers and it is well carbed. Use a bit less for ales/stouts. Since I only need 6 bottles per batch (the rest is tap-a-draft) this works well and is alot cheaper than the carb drops.
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Both the Cooper's carbonation drops and the Munton's carb tabs work quite well.
- on Munton's. Like many others, I have had white floaties in my beer from using Munton's carbtabs. It wouldnt be so bad it they would settle but they float right at the top and end up in my glass.
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