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Old 09-28-2008, 04:17 AM   #1
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Default Priming Sugar versus Cooper's Carbonation Drops or Munton's Carb Tabs

Is priming sugar the "more natural" way to go for carbonation? While expensive, are drops and tabs "easier and more dependable"? Do tabs and drops work quicker and with more consistent results??? Your input is greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-28-2008, 05:49 AM   #2
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The tabs are just sugar cubes essentially.

They're a bit more convenient I guess, as you can drop them in the bottles rather than mixing into the brew. You'll get pretty much the same results either way though.

Just make sure you look at what size bottles the tabs are meant for if you use them, the coopers ones are designed for 1/2 liter bottles (i believe) so using a full one in a 12oz bottle could be problematic.

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Old 09-28-2008, 06:08 AM   #3
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Never saw the point, Buy Dextrose for like 3 bucks pint of water about 3/4 cup of sugar (depending on style) boil, Cool, add. Not hard at all works evertime.

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Carb tabs are handy when you're bottling some and kegging the rest. Otherwise, dextrose is much easier.

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Old 09-28-2008, 06:34 AM   #5
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Never saw the point, Buy Dextrose for like 3 bucks pint of water about 3/4 cup of sugar (depending on style) boil, Cool, add. Not hard at all works evertime.
Really the only reason I could see to use them is if you're not going to rack into a bottling bucket. If your brew is already in something with a spigot, it can save time.
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I was thinking about getting some. Just for when I want to make a mead of apfelwein and have most of it still and just carb up a few bottles of each batch.

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I just used these on my hefe-wizen. I bottled 6 pints and kegged the rest. This way - I can sample the conditioning at various time stages to determine when to put the keg in the fridge,

They worked great BTW - and all bottle carbonated consistantly.

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how do you keep them sanitized? wear gloves when dropping into the bottles or use forceps/tongs? a was looking at getting a kegging setup and thought keg half and bottle half. I figured this would be a great way to carbonate the case of bottles.

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Just make sure you look at what size bottles the tabs are meant for if you use them, the coopers ones are designed for 1/2 liter bottles (i believe) so using a full one in a 12oz bottle could be problematic.
Actually, it's just the opposite. They are made for 12oz bottles, so if you are doing 16oz you will need additional priming sugar.
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how do you keep them sanitized?
Wash you hands well and may be dip them in your Star San solution. You are putting the drop in alcohol, so caution has to be used, but unless you get really unsanitary there won’t be any problem.
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Thanks for all the input! I may give them a try next time just for comparison.

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