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Title: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: dandrad on February 16, 2010, 07:28:04 AM
I brewed a 5 gallon batch of beer but I split the batch 3 ways (two 1 gallon carboys and one 3 gallon carboy) to try dry hopping with different hops. I am getting ready to bottle my beer and i came across coopers carbonation drops. I am temped to try them out of easy, but I wanted some input as to the results. I was wondering if anyone has tried them before and and how their beer turned out or am I better off using corn sugar (I think it will be hard splitting 3/4ths of a cup of corn sugar into the volumes i mentioned above).
Title: Re: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: toastedman on February 16, 2010, 04:18:27 PM
    i use Muntons CarbTabs, pills, they work good. i keg all my beer and often have a few bottles extra after kegging,  its easy to drop in a few pills rather than figure how much corn sugar you need. 4 pills per bottle is what i use, with good results.  add the pills to the bottles  before filling.
Title: Re: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: midtex on February 16, 2010, 04:57:02 PM
I tried the Coopers on my very first attempt at homebrewing and my beer failed to carbonate, but I seriously doubt it was the fault of the drops. They did completely dissolve and I suspect the yeast was at fault. Either I killed it by not rinsing my sanitizer well, or something.  I'm afraid to try them again, but they make pretty good hard candy...... :)
Title: Re: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: Beertracker on February 16, 2010, 05:49:40 PM
+1 I'm with midtex, as they make good candy to hand out at Halloween, but not so much for carbonating beer.   :-\
Title: Re: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: summy on February 19, 2010, 02:09:15 AM
I've had good results using them.  If anything I've had slight problems with over-carbonation a couple of times.  One drop is supposed to carbonate a 375ml bottle of beer.  I think that is a slightly different volume than 12 oz., which might be the problem.
Title: Re: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: 1vertical on February 20, 2010, 03:31:59 PM
I got some once and had difficulty getting them to fit
into the mouth of the bottle...they were too large.
Otherwise they did do the job.

I had some beer a friend used the tabs to carb and
it was unappatizing to have white floaties in your beer
so that is an issue when you use those. That
was a known issue with a batch that was circulating
for a while. Not sure if they are all gone by now or not.

I had my best results using the bottling bucket
with dissolved sterile sweetened water stirred in FWIW.
Title: Re: coopers carbonations drops
Post by: mainebrewer on February 22, 2010, 04:04:52 PM
My experience with the Coopers drops is similar to Summy's.
I'd say about a third of the time, the bottles were over carbed.