Do I need to use carbonation drops for brewing?Usually I would try and sell you something when you come to this site but at the end of the day, we are all beer lovers so when some asks if they NEED to use carbonation drops, we're not going to say yes and then try and get you to buy some via this amazingly awesome beer site.
Not this day*.
Today we give nothing but advice!
All they are is sugar rolled into a ball. Sweet, tasty sugar balls.
You can use sugar from the kitchen instead. I like to use a funnel and a teaspon and boom, the sugar is in the bottles, ready for beer to be added and capped.
But, you can of course use carbonation drops when bottling your homebrew.
This is for the reason of efficiency and convenience. Droping a carbonation drop into a bottle is a very fast method and can be less messy.
You also know precisely how much sugar you are adding to your beer.
It does however cost a lot to buy carbonation drops. In fact, in NZ a bag of carbonation drops (good for one bottling day) cost more that a 1KG bag of ordinary sugar!
You could try and buy them in bulk to make it more cost effective but I have yet to find any drops sold in bulk lots.
So do the maths and use the sugar and funnel method.
Or you could try another handy method and priming your brew with sugar.
Or you could just use jelly beans...
* We lied, just a lil bit.