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#304636 - 03/03/13 07:49 PM Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming
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Ok so heres the deal. after my first batch of unevenly carbonated mr beer i decided i wanted to try something more efficient. On another post i have on here someone posted a great video on basic batch priming with an extra LBK and it looked really simple and easy, and since this is only my second overall batch of homebrew simple is good. I was all ready to give the a go when i stumbled on the Coopers Carbonation Drops and they look really interesting and way more simple since they are pre measured. I am brewing up a honey porter so i wanted some sugestions on which method you guys thought was better.
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#304639 - 03/03/13 07:56 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: NooB Brewer]
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Well I can tell you that batch priming is pretty easy. Now I have never used them there carb drops, but they looked pretty expensive compared to another LBK. Table sugar is cheap, and batch priming is a more efficient way, plus I think less oxygen gets in the beer that way. I was a little skeptical at first, but after three months of batch priming ( I do 8 LBKs at a time) I have nothing but consistent carb levels.
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#304656 - 03/03/13 08:34 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: Whamolagan]
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I used the Coopers Carb drops my first 3 batches and they worked great. Either way is just as simple as the other but in the long run it will be more expensive with the carb drops then with priming sugar.

It's totally up to you which way you want to go although with batch priming you'll have a little more control over carbonation levels.
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#304658 - 03/03/13 08:45 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: HazardousBrewer]
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When I was bottle priming, I loved using Domino Dots sugar cubes. Cheap and easy, what's not to love? wink
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#304660 - 03/03/13 08:51 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: Jon_TWR]
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Originally Posted By: Jon_TWR
When I was bottle priming, I loved using Domino Dots sugar cubes. Cheap and easy, what's not to love? wink


+ 1. Bottling wand on an auto siphon from the fermentor with 1 Domino Dot per bottle, cant' get any easier. Pre bake the bottles earlier in the day or night before and bottling is litterally 15 minutes per batch. I haven't batch primed in years.

Anyway, haven't used the drops myself but I have heard of problems with them like floaties and inconsistant carb levels. If you can, just try the Domino Dots they are 1/2 tsp of cane sugar, perfect carb level for most beers in a 12 oz bottle.

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#304663 - 03/03/13 10:02 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: KNeace]
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I may try the Domino Dots first and see how i like them before i splurge and get the drops. So i should just put one dot per 12oz bottle just like id put in the table sugar?

And completely off topic while i was looking for other ways and extra kegs i came across the brew demon keg! its a 3 gallon keg that comes with a stand and is coned at the bottle to make sure trub stays all the way at the bottom and a big plus is there dishwasher safe and come with an airlock if you want. has anyone seen or tried these? itd be nice to try a strong 3 gal batch with a few mr beer refils mixed together and it looks badass
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#304667 - 03/03/13 10:59 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: NooB Brewer]
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Thats all...1 dot per 12 oz bottle. If using the Mr Beer PET bottles those are bigger and 1dot wont carbonate them enough.

And yeah i also been checking that fermentor out...im going to order one up.

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#309570 - 04/22/13 12:11 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: KNeace]
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Yep, sugar cubes are great and make bottling a lot easier. Some folks can't find the Domino Dots locally, but I can love them.
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#309647 - 04/23/13 06:18 PM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: Jacylrin]
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Originally Posted By: Jacylrin
Yep, sugar cubes are great and make bottling a lot easier. Some folks can't find the Domino Dots locally, but I can love them.
When I bottle prime (almost never), I use domino dots...it's so rare that I do, that I'm still using domino dots from when I lived in Pittsburgh, a year and a half ago!
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#310515 - 05/07/13 11:39 AM Re: Carbonation Drops vs. Batch Priming [Re: Jon_TWR]
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If your gonna Bottle Prime... Dots FTW smile (if you can find them)
With a sharp thin knife you can even cut them in half to get
a more precise carb level.
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