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Old 07-06-2007, 01:26 AM   #1
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Hello All-
I have a question in regards to bottle carbonating. My first batch - I used Coopers drops so there wasnot to much guess work 3 per 1 L. bottle. The issue is that they are way too much $$$$$.
I have the corn sugar....but how much do I use??? It is a wheat beer. 1 L bottles. I dont have a bottle bucket so the whole boiling the sugar with some water is out.... can I just measure some and put in the bottle directly???
Also, someone was talking about leaving more head space due to the volume in the L bottles?
I do want the nice and caronated for this style so.......
Im using the flip top bottles if that makes and difference.

Thanks for all your help.

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Old 07-06-2007, 01:35 AM   #2
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Personally, I would get a bottling bucket. You will use it for every batch you brew (unless you start kegging).

I have no experience with adding corn sugar to the bottle, seems very tough and messy.

If you want to add to each bottle go with the tabs/drops.

Hope this help (probably not but...bump).

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Old 07-06-2007, 02:29 AM   #3
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if you have any of the cooper drops left, weigh them on a nice kitchen scale, then use that much corn sugar per 1L bottle.
another option is to find that magic number for a 12 oz bottle (I think its like 1/4tsp) and then do the math to find out how many oz in a liter, then more math to find the teaspoons.

a bottling bucket is still a handy tool, unless you're planning to keg eventually. still they're only like $15.

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Old 07-06-2007, 03:43 AM   #4
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will tell you how much corn sugar you need for 5 gallons, depending on your desired CO2 volumes and serving temp.

5 US gallons = 18.92 liters, so divide whatever you get by 18.92.

But it would be much easier (and you'll get better, more consistent results) if you use a bottling bucket and prime everything together.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:51 AM   #5
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For what it is worth, I decided to just buy another fermentation pail to use as a bottling bucket. My LHBS was out of bottling buckets, and I figured I might be able to use a second fermenter, or perhaps use it as a secondary for my next batch *shrug*. I just bottled today, and I am pleased as punch to have racked it to the 2nd bucket first to mix the priming sugar. No need to worry about dumping un-sanitized sugar into each bottle, and could concentrate on filling the bottles instead of avoiding setiment from the primary. Also gave me a good spot to store the sanitizer while prepping.
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Old 07-06-2007, 03:57 AM   #6
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I know everyone and their mother has already said it, but - the buckets are cheapish, and useful. And fun!
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:58 PM   #7
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I have added sugar directly to the bottle.
I used a heaping 1/2 teaspoon per bottle

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Old 07-07-2007, 01:02 AM   #8
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Thank you to all who replied. I decided to make the trip to the store and buy a bottle bucket. All is bottled waiting for carbination. Anyone ever had a flip top bottle explode? I used just under 1 c of sugar and left about 2" of room at the top.
Thanks again.

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Old 07-07-2007, 01:47 AM   #9
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I've never had a flip top explode! I bottle almost exclusively in Grolsch bottles. I use 4 ounces of priming sugar but I have no idea how many cups or fractions that is!
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