Ss Brewing Technologies Giveaway!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Priming solutuon or carbonation drops
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 08-15-2012, 01:38 AM   #1
Zsandbox
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 3
Default Priming solutuon or carbonation drops

Hello all, I am new to brewing (2 complete batches and 1 in secondary) and had a couple question about how you carbonate your brews. With my first 2 batches I used Coopers carbonation drops which worked well. I am considering using a priming solution with my batch (Irish Red) that is currently in secondary. Should I stick with the drops to reduce oxidization when transferring to the bottling bucket from the carboy or just go with the priming solution? Also is there any real advantage of one over the other? I used brown sugar in this batch should I make a priming solution using it or just a corn sugar solution. Sorry I know I'm a brewb and have lots of questions that may have been answered in other threads so I would appreciate any helpful feedback or links to previously answered questions. Thank you and I am glad to be part of the brewing community.

__________________
Zsandbox is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2012, 01:43 AM   #2
punkerdru
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2012
Location: Downingtown, Pa
Posts: 69
Default

I don't think there's any real advantage to one over the other, it depends on what you like or think is easy.

Personally, I use table sugar (about 4.5 oz) so I don't have to buy anything special. Just bring a cup or two of water to a boil and mix it in. Let it sit for a minute, then put it into the bottom of the bottling bucket and rack on top of it. If you put your hose all the way to the bottom. You won't get any aeration.

__________________
punkerdru is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2012, 01:53 AM   #3
Snicks
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: St. Johns, Newfoundland
Posts: 106
Liked 5 Times on 5 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

Carbonation drops are more expensive, and as punderdru said it won't add any additional oxygen therefore I'd recommend some corn sugar prepared as mentioned above. As an added bonus, when measuring out your own priming sugar you can control the level of carbonation to fit a style, something that may become more important to you in your brewing future.

__________________
Snicks is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2012, 02:02 AM   #4
Zsandbox
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 3
Default

Thanks for the replies. I think I will go ahead and give the priming solution a shot on Friday when I bottle. When I add it to the bucket and start transferring the beer into it, does that provide enough mixing or should I stir it slowly a few times to make sure it's mixed well?

__________________
Zsandbox is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2012, 04:16 AM   #5
shaneogle89
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Chino, CA
Posts: 106
Liked 12 Times on 12 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by snicks View Post
carbonation drops are more expensive, and as punderdru said it won't add any additional oxygen therefore i'd recommend some corn sugar prepared as mentioned above. As an added bonus, when measuring out your own priming sugar you can control the level of carbonation to fit a style, something that may become more important to you in your brewing future.
+1
__________________
shaneogle89 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-15-2012, 05:53 AM   #6
BronxBrew
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Bronx, NY
Posts: 160
Liked 17 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

I'm experimenting with KremeyX priming sugar. Basically a priming sugar with heading powder . made by Muntons. I've always measured by weight my priming sugar after I've racked my brew into the bucket. Some do it before hand. I've had a consistant carb this way.

__________________
BronxBrew is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools