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11 tips and tricks for when using carbonation drops:

easy tips to use carbonation drops


11 handy tips and tricks for when using carbonation drops on bottling day

  1. 60 carbonation drops, will be enough drops for one 23 litre brew.
  2. 1 dop for a 300 - 500 ml bottle, two for anything over 750 mls.
  3. Once you have added the drops and bottled the beer, it will take about 7 days to condition. This is the bare minimum before which you can drink your beer. The patient beer brewer should wait about 3 weeks before sampling their brew but we know you won't listen...
  4. Beware over priming your beer. If you add too much sugar or dextrose, too much CO2 will be produced by the yeast and it will have nowhere to escape. It will escape in the form of a 'beer bomb' when you open your beer and it will gush out the next of the bottle like a geyser and go all over the place and you will have committed a cardinal sin, wasting beer!
  5. You can use drops to carbonate apple cider as well as beer. The measurements are the same to get the same amount of carbonation.
  6. Different temperatures will play on how well the carbonation process goes. The yeast in beer generally enjoys a warmer temperature to do its thing - so if you are questioning whether the drops didn't produce enough CO2, bear in mind there are other factors at play such as being too cold! Beer should be kept warm for a few days after adding the sugar. Then move to a cool place. 
  7. If you do choose to not use drops and just wish to add granulated sugar to the bottle, we recommend the use of an ordinary kitchen funnel as it speeds things up and helps reduce the mess of sugar going everywhere. You could also consider batch priming your brew
  8. We once tried using jelly beans as a substitute for carbonation drops. The results were quite interesting! Basically you can use any form of sugar lollies for carbonating beer - as long as it it fits down the neck of the beer you'll be right! You can also use honey!
  9. We've used Mangrove Jack's drops many times and had no problems so are very happy to recommend their use.
  10. You can use carbonation drops with your ginger beer as well!
  11. If you are buying drops on line, say Coopers Drops from Amazon, we suggest you order at least a couple of packets - that way the cost for delivery becomes more effective by price per unit.

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