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Old 12-30-2012, 07:22 PM   #1
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I just tasted my second Northern Brewer Irish Red Ale and both were very fizzy. This was a one gallon kit which included NB's Fizz Drops which I had not used previously and the beer has no head but is almost as fizzy as a soda, anyone have this issue or know what is wrong? The beer has been in bottles for over a month and the one I just drank was in the fridge for a week. Not sure if the drops are too blame or if something else is wrong. Any suggestions or comments would be appreciated. It tastes fine so I don't think it has anything to do with an infection.

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Well I for one, am very disappointed with the Fizz Drops. I was getting great, consistent results using a priming sugar solution mixed into the bottling bucket and now I'm kicking myself. Here's why I won't use them again:
-pain in the ass dropping one in each bottle
-I don't like the idea that I'm handling each drop right before dropping it into the bottle - potentially dirty process
-I bottle primarily in 22oz bottles so you have to add two per bottle (2xPIA)
-I imagined they might promote higher consistency - but they are actually different shapes and sizes
-More than anything else: the results SUCK!!!:
-one 12oz bottle I put up was good.
-one 22oz bottle I put up was so bad I just poured it out - SUPER FLAT!
-one 12oz bottle I put up had no head and very little fizz

So, the results were poor and inconsistent. Bummer. And the brew is really pretty good so I'm pissed to have wasted some of this batch.

I'm thinking I may just open them all back up, pour it all back into the bottling bucket, mix in some priming sugar and go for another 2 weeks of bottle conditioning.

Any thoughts about any of this? Other experience with Fixx Drops?

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:33 PM   #3
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I had the fizz drops super carbonate my beer so bad that when opened it shoots 3/4 o the beer out

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 06:44 PM   #4
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Well this tells me whether or not I should buy some of these :P

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:06 PM   #5
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I agree with the last two posters. Very inconsistent results, but in my experience, mostly way over carbed. I thought it was something wrong with my process, but I guess others are having the same problem, so that's good to know. I'll be continuing on with priming sugar since you have more control and there are some great calculators out there. That was the main reason I was using the carb drops because I was scared about calculating the priming sugar wrong, but as I've seen on here, it seems pretty easy, and like I said, you get more control over the results.
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:20 PM   #6
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If you want to use carb drops the coopers drops are consistent in size and work very well.

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 07:25 PM   #7
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That't true, I find the Coopers one are better than the NB ones. Sorry NB, I love almost everything else you sell!
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:39 PM   #8
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I'd say that for drops...YMMV esp with the beer type, conditioning temperature, time, etc. I've used both coopers and NB. Both were very consistent.

 
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Old 07-19-2013, 08:52 PM   #9
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I have used both the northern brewer drops and the coopers. I prefer the coopers drops.

I keep them on hand for the times where I brew batches that are larger than 5 gallons so I can bottle whatever does not fit in the keg without the hassle of attempting to figure out how much sugar you need for 3-12 bottles.

 
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:23 AM   #10
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NB Drops seem a little big. Anyone have trouble fitting these into 12 oz bottles?

 
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