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roxy35 02-18-2012 10:27 PM

Using Carbonation Drops
 
I have a thread going from earlier today where I believe I bottled my Belgian Tripel way too soon, being somewhat tricked into believing my fermentation was complete. Anyhow, I think I'll be using carbonation drops soon and need some advice from those that use them.

I have already bottled 25 Belgian Tripels and the style calls for a CO2 volume of 3.3. Now, I already added the priming sugar, but out of fear of bottle bombs (fermentation is believed to still be going on, PLUS the priming sugar now creates a larger risk), I am venting the bottles ever so slightly to allow the CO2 to escape.

Once my bottles reach the desired FG I have to deal with recarbing the bottles. I cannot do priming sugar again because I cannot evenly distribute it.

If I use Carbonation Drops, what sort of Carb level will I be receiving? Like I said, 3.3 is my goal. I used 90 grams of sugar for my 25 bottles, which is somewhat. Will 1 drop do this? Will I need 2 per bottle?

Thanks!

BradleyBrew 02-18-2012 11:44 PM

I'm going to take a stab at this but I wouldn't intentionally carb anything in "regular" bottles past Co2 volume of 3.0. Why do you believe the primary fermentation is still going on? I would use the coopers carbonation drops and only use 1 tablet per 12oz bottle.

roxy35 02-19-2012 01:33 AM

Well, my FG is around 1.03. That is the main reason. It's been there for about a week...I assumed it was done but many other posters say there is no way.

Long story short, I bottled and now am concerned about the ensuing explosions.

I think 3.3 is perfectly acceptable and even preferred for the Belgian style - atleast that's what my instructions say.

BradleyBrew 02-19-2012 02:59 AM

I think it is acceptable if you have the right equipment i.e. a corny keg or Belgian glass bottles. 12oz bottles are not really meant to be pressurized to that level. What was the OG of your brew?

roxy35 02-19-2012 03:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BradleyBrew (Post 3803318)
I think it is acceptable if you have the right equipment i.e. a corny keg or Belgian glass bottles. 12oz bottles are not really meant to be pressurized to that level. What was the OG of your brew?


Yeah, I think you are right. Better not to risk it anyway.

OG was 1.07...I have my bottles vented for now back in the chamber at a higher temp (77). Before it never exceeded 70. I thought that would have been OK but I've read lately about the Belgian style needing the warmer temps.


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