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Old 09-14-2012, 02:25 PM   #1
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Default Carbonation drops and bottle sizes

I am new to home brewing and would like some assistance please.
I have different size bottles according to what we have available here in South Africa. I would like to know how many carbonation drops should I use for the following size bottles:
330ml
440ml
660ml
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:35 PM   #2
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Default Carbonation drops and bottle sizes

I am new to home brewing and would like some assistance please.
I have different size bottles according to what we have available here in South Africa. I would like to know how many carbonation drops should I use for the following size bottles:
330ml
440ml
660ml
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

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Old 09-14-2012, 02:45 PM   #3
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I would suggest skipping the drops and adding a measured quantity of loose corn sugar (or dissolving drops if you already have them) in 2 cups of water and boiling for 15 minutes to sanitize. Cool it a bit, then pour it into the bottom of your bottling bucket before racking. This is likely more sanitary and won't require fiddling with each bottle or trying to be sure the drops dissolve.
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Agreed. Bulk priming is the best way to go. That way,bottle size is irrelevant.
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Agree with above. I also find that the 660s are just the right size for me. After drinking the first glass I think "mmm, is there any more of that in the bottle?"--and there is!
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What brand(s) of carb drops do you have around? If they are Coopers, then 1, 2, and 2 would be about right. The 440 would be a bit over-carbonated.
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I am new to home brewing and would like some assistance please.
I have different size bottles according to what we have available here in South Africa. I would like to know how many carbonation drops should I use for the following size bottles:
330ml
440ml
660ml
Any assistance would be greatly appreciated

Regards,
Kevin
Which carbonation drops are available in your area ?

There are several brands of carbonation drops as well as plain table sugar compressed into cubes. Each type or brand contains a different amount of sugar.

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Thanks all of you, I will give bulk priming a go, sounds like the best option.
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Cooper's contain 3-4 grams of sugar.

They recommend 1 drop for every 330 to 375 size bottle.

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It is,especially if you use different size bottles in each batch. Plus you don't have to worry about maybe missing a bottle with the drops.


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