I'm looking for recommendations regarding carbonation. I'm a small batch (1 gal) mostly extract brewer (at the moment). When I bottle, I put one Fizz Drop into each bottle, immediately prior to capping. Lately, I've noticed that some of the beers are not as carbonated as I would like.
My usual process is a 45 - 60 min boil, ferment for 14 days, bottle and let sit for another 14 days. I'm finding the behavior (minimal carbonation) to be consistent whether I'm doing lighter brews (pilsen malt) or darker (amber malt, etc.).
I thought about trying Prime Dose, which I found in the latest Northern Brewer catalog, but they don't seem to have it at their web site. I was doing some research and found that some folks had issues with the capsules not dissolving.
My thinking was to try a bottle from a batch, and if it could use some more carbonation, uncap the remaining bottles, drop in some Prime Dose and wait another two weeks. I do have some beer fermenting now that, when it comes time to bottle, I'd just use the Prime Dose.
Further reading took me to Brewer's Best Conditioning tablets.
Has anyone used these items (Prime Dose, conditioning tablets)? What are some thoughts or recommendations to getting a bit more carbonation? I have been reading Palmer's book, but I'm also interested in a perspective specific to the type of brewing I'm doing. Thanks!