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Fermenter's Favorites® Fizz Drops


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Fermenter's Favorites™ Fizz Drops

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Fermenter’s Favorites® Fizz Drops are designed to take the place of making a priming solution and batch priming. These drops help to reduce the guesswork often associated with irregular batch size bottle conditioning, because they are a uniform weight of pure sugar.

Package Includes: 8 oz., Qty= 60 Drops (approximately).

To use:
1 drop per 12-16 oz bottle
2 drops per 22 oz or 750mL bottle

Simply drop in each sanitized bottle before filling it with beer. The drop should dissolve within 72 hours - carbonation time remains the same, usually 2-3 weeks.

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Way too large to fit bottles!
These were too large to fit the pint bottles I ordered at the same time. I had to split them with a wooden mallet to make them drop in! Thought they were all the same size!?
April 10, 2018
1 month ago
Don't Fit in 16oz Swing-Top Bottles
As others have stated, these drops DO NOT FIT into 16 ounce swing-top bottles. Very annoying. I'll happily go back to making my own sugar-water for bottling. I also don't like that one drop is suggested for 12 and 16 ounce bottles. Does that mean the 12 ounce is over-carbonated, or that the 16 ounce is under-carbonated?
April 8, 2018
Left particles floating in my cider!
The tabs left “floaties” in my cider. The tabs left floating particles in my cider once they dissolved. I put a tab in a glass of water and I could see these particles release from the tab as it disliked. I will not use again.
April 2, 2018
Nice but to big to fit in 750's. Great for 12 oz bottles.
March 5, 2018
2 months ago
More costly but so much better than a bottling bucket . I like the drops very much. And will buy more when I run out.


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February 10, 2018
3 months ago
not for swingtops 16oz
They didn't fit into the standard 16oz swingtops I had. Kinda screwed up bottling day when it was in the bottling bucket, and in the first bottle, but can't really go much further than that. Had to sterilize hammer & break em up.

They'll carbonate 12 oz normal bottles just fine though.
February 5, 2018
5 months ago
Didn't work. Brew was worthless
These came with the Festivus Miracle 1gal kit. Ironically, I did not have any problem getting them in my standard 12oz bottles but they did not do the job. Brew was flat with almost no carbonation. I like the concept but they just didn't work.
December 22, 2017
Fizz drops - no hassle
Like them. Work perfectly to give just the right amount of effervescence in a 16 ounce bottle of cider
November 30, 2017
5 months ago
They work well
They work well, quickly, and convenient. They do tend to stick to each other though with time then become a big mess and can't use any more.
September 22, 2017
1 year ago
I Really Wanted These To Work
I recently purchased a conical fermenter so I sought to simplify bottling. Specifically, I wanted to bottle straight out of the fermenter to lessen the risk of contaminating my brew. Carbonation drops seemed like they would be the solution.

Anyone who brews knows that the numbers are important. Priming in bottles means you need the right amount of priming sugar. Too much and you'll have a literal mess on your hands, too little and your brew won't be satisfying. I uss 16 ounce bottles and Fizz Drops was the only product that said that one drop would carbonate my brew so I decided to give it a go.

The product arrives in a non sealed bag, well, it was sealed with a zip lock bag type seal but that was it. Tampering with this product would be easy. I did call NB to address this and another shipping issue. The explanation I was given was to equate the packaging to that of a lollipop. I decided to go ahead and use the product. The drops were a pain in the proverbial arse to use. They simply did not fit in the bottle opening. I literally had to force them in. This led to a lots of sugar around the top and all over my hands.

In fairness the Fizz drops did carbonate my beer but I'm going back to the bottling bucket. Besides, I want to take back control of priming my beer to match the style.
September 12, 2017
8 months ago
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If I were to use 5l mini kegs on bottling day, would i be better off using priming sugar even though the fizz drops came with my kit? Would these work for a larger vessel like that?
Ryan Bender on Feb 27, 2018
Fermenter's Favorites® Fizz Drops
Fermenter's Favorites® Fizz Drops
Mini Keg
Mini Keg
BEST ANSWER: Thanks for contacting Northern Brewer. The Fizz drops work great for carbonating in bottles, however you may have better luck with using priming sugar to carbonate in a mini keg. We do have a really handy priming sugar calculator on our website that will give you more flexibility with adding the correct amount of sugar needed to carbonate your style of beer. You can view that here: https://www.northernbrewer.com/priming-sugar-calculator Hope that helps, cheers!
can these be used to carbonate cider fermented with Lav. EC-1118 yeast?
A shopper on Jun 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can...the drops are sugar, and once they dissolve, will be 'eaten' by the remaining available yeast.
How do you prevent them from sticking together?
A shopper on Aug 26, 2017
Do Fizz Drops need to be sanitized before using? If so, how?
J O on Mar 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You do not need to sanitize Fizz Drops.
How long do these stay effective for?
R O on Aug 14, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They should not ever "go bad", as they are basically just a measured lump of sugar that the yeast will consume to create the carbonation in the bottles. - Mike W, Northern Brewer
To follow up on the below question, the batch of beer I'll be bottling is a saison fermented with sach trios and French saison. I'm planning on keeping the majority of the now with dry hops but wanted to take 1 (52 oz) bottle to set aside and age for a while to see how funky that sach trios will get. It's a very low final gravity beer (1.003) and I'd like it to be nice and lively. I was thinking 4 as well but wanted to get your feedback with a little more context? I have some carb drops laying around so I wanted to use those. Thanks for all the answers!
A shopper on Feb 23, 2017
Is it just me or does the beer seem overcarbonated from these? Will the carbonation in the bottle go down over time or am I pretty much stuck with overcarbonated beers? Has anyone tried reducing the size of these so it's less sugar in the bottle?
Blake A on Mar 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I've had luck with these in Grolsch bottles putting up CMS. I've also put up ESB & Bitter using 1/2 a tab either cut with a pill cutter or crushed with a pill crusher. I didn't go as far as weighing. I just eyeballed the amount. I did have a few fails with one batch but attributed it the laxed sanitary technique.

Over carbonized batch... A gusher. I am lucky to have had limited issues with this. Years ago I recall chilling down a few and opening into a bucket in an attempt to salvage. I'm pretty sure over carbonated brew due to over priming is a one way proposition. But lessons learned at any rate.
How many carb drops should I use for a 52 oz bottle?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Tough to answer without more info. Some beer styles require more carbonation than others. The rule of thumb I've heard is one drop per 12oz bottle, two drops per 22oz bomber but I find this over carbonates most of the styles I brew. For an odd volume I would highly recommend a priming solution to fizz drops. You can use the calculator at the following link:

Select your beer style, the temp of the beer and the total amount to package (if bottling 5 gal total in 52 oz bottles, enter 5 gal). Boil the appropriate amount of whichever sugar you choose in a small amount of water (2 cups per 5 gal of beer) for a few minutes. Then either add the priming solution to your bottling bucket and rack the beer on to it, or gently add the priming solution to your finished beer and GENTLY stir in, being careful to avoid splashing. Then bottle your beer and cap.
Should I sanitize them before putting into bottles?
A shopper on Nov 15, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. I would presume that they are produced in a sterile enough environment. They are basically hard candy, so I would think they don't harbor anything nasty. I have dropped them accidently on the counter etc. before depositing them in the bottle. They tend to stick together in the hot Months, like hard candy. When stuck together it sometimes leads to a butterfinger incident. And in that case, I have rinsed them in liquor. They are measured drop though so don't rinse them too long, just get the cat hair off and drop those babies! Zero problems and I've used them several times.
can you use these drops to carbonate a batch of mead?
A shopper on May 26, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It depends on the type of yeast you used. If you used champagne yeast to get a high gravity mead no. A sweet mead yeast with a lower fg 50/50. Ale yeast should still be alive but dormant so fizz drops should work. They do add sweetness to the delicate taste of mead and may make it taste like candy. Mead is hard to carb after fermentation is done. You are better off force carbonate in a keg or bottle before fermentation is 100% done. I haven't had much sucess with Fizz drops with anything but beer.
Would temperature effect the rate in which carbonation occurs with these pills? 2.5 weeks and I Have very little carbonation in my bottles.
A shopper on Jan 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes temperature matters very much.
Too cold and you can make the yeast crash, I prefer to bottle condition at 62-65 degrees. This temperature is right in the middle of most yeast ranges for good health. I always struggled with adding these and having precise results. Now I keg everything. Hope this helps cheers.
Will the fizz drops carbonate any liquid?
A shopper on Jul 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: They're not fizz drop. It's a certain amount of sugar to ferment a bottle of beer and create CO2 gas in the bottle. It's nothing more then a sugar drop candy of simple sugar that yeast can eat
Can I combine these with force carbonation kegging? I have been bottling kegged beer and it just isn't carbonated as much as I'd like. I'm doing the keg to bottling recommendations: overcarb a bit, chill the bottles, I have a beer gun, fill bottle slowly at 4 psi etc. I'd rather have overcarb than under. I'm getting under with keg to bottle. Also, with these drops will there be more yeast sediment on the bottom? Can one drink out of the bottle or best to poor in glass? Lastly, do the sugar tabs need to be sanitized?
James B on Mar 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You don't want to over carbonate when bottling, that would increase the chance of the bottle exploding from the pressure.

These fizz drops are just for adding to the bottle when you fill the bottle, cap it, then wait 2 weeks for the bottle of beer to carbonate.

For kegging, I set the PSI to about 15 and let it sit for 2 weeks, which will carbonate it just right. If I am in a hurry, I will set the PSI to 40 for 3 days, 20 for 3 days, then 15 for a couple more days, but if you're looking to use a beer gun to fill your bottles, rushing the carbonation in a keg will result in really foamy beer coming out of that beer gun.
Does this product contain yeast?
Caleb B on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No. These drops only contain corn sugar. They are used in place of a priming solution. There should be enough residual yeast in the beer that you don't need to add yeast at bottling. Simply put the fizz drops in the bottle, fill with beer, cap, and you should have carbonated beer in about two weeks. If your beer requires a specific level of carbonation I would recommend a priming solution. There are online tools that can help you figure out how much sugar to boil in the solution to achieve the desired carb level.
Do you add fizz drops to just extract brews only? Do you need to add them to a all-grain biab?
G E on Jun 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. The reason for the fizz drops is to give the bit of leftover yeast something to munch on in the bottle. With all grain brewing you're essentially creating your own extract. So the same carbonation rules apply. Good luck and happy brewing friend!
A pack of these come with every 1 gallon batch, and you’ll use less than half the pack in bottling each batch. Any suggestions on what to do with the several dozens of drops I have laying around?
A shopper on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They last a long time. I store in cool dry place so they do not stick together. If they eventually do stick together I just get more. When I order kits I order without fizz drops if I have plenty left.
So looking at bottling in 16oz flip cap bottles. Is one drop per bottle still the recommended dosing?
Ryan Bender on Feb 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have used 2 drops in a 22 oz bottle and have found the beer to be quite carbonated, so I would go with one drop in a 16 oz bottle.
So it should be 2 drops for a 22oz bottle right? I asked this question via text and was told to use 3 for the Irish Red kit i brewed and plan to bottle 22oz bottles but that seems like way to much
Mark D on Sep 28, 2017
BEST ANSWER: You will want to use 2 drops for a 22oz bottle, not 3.
I put two in one 12 oz bottle by mistake. What will happen?
A shopper on Mar 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Best case - you will have one very fizzy bottle.
Worst case - the bottle may explode, although I doubt it.
If you are concerned, isolate the overdosed bottle.
Will these fit in screw top Mr. Beer bottles? Sounds like they are too big for many bottles. I only use the PET bottles.
R F on Mar 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: They should fit in those, and most bottles, with no problem. It does seem like they're a bit large for swing-top bottles, which do have a skinnier neck opening. -Mike W, Northern Brewer
I think these are infecting my bottled beer. I have been brewing for over 20 years, so I know my way around all the basics. When I bought this product, I was hoping to replace Coopers Carbonation Drops, which I had been using, but my beers are definitely coming out "off." There's a ring around the neck, cloudiness at the neck of the bottle, and an over carbonation that causes the head to collapse within seconds. Does this product require special handling? I have been just dropping just one "drop" into each bottle. I hope I'm missing something, but I fear that I'm not.
J E on Oct 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I?ve used them a couple times and have not experienced what you are experiencing. I did an experiment when I first used them with two, 32 oz, identical bottles with the same beer. I dropped 2 drops in one and 3 in the other. I have determined with at least that beer, its about one drop per 10-12oz rather than 12-16oz as indicated on the fizz drop bottle. I let them sit in my cabinet for 2 weeks at room temp and 1 week in the fridge before tasting. Beer came out tasting great on both 32 oz.
I see on the Priming Sugar Calculator that temperature has a huge effect on the amount of sugar added. Is there a recommended temperature for the Fizz Drops for different styles? I love using the drops because I often have uncertain batch volumes but I have had a few over-carbed beers (not gushers, but over-carbed). Thanks.
thom b on Sep 21, 2015

I'll see if I can elaborate on that for you. The temperature factor on our priming sugar calculator is to factor in the amount of residual CO2 dissolved in the beer post-fermentation. The colder the fermentation

the less CO2 has been offgassed

and thus more CO2 retained in the beer meaning less priming sugar needed.

In most real world situations

a mean amount of priming sugar is just fine

but if you want super accurate carbonation values

then weighing out sugar on your own using the calculator is the way to go.

I hope that makes sense! If you have more questions

just shoot us an email directly at brewmaster@northernbrewer.com
I have a four year aged cider, I'm pretty sure the yeast is dead or unusable. How much yeast should I pitch into each bottle with each drop?
A shopper on Sep 20, 2017

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