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Old 09-11-2007, 12:38 PM   #1
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Default Lesson Learned: Don't open if squeamish

DON'T OPEN WARM BEER BOTTLES!

Don't tell me, I should know better. I had just under a case of brown ale that was over-carbonated and two sweet. A few of the bottles had burst already, so I decided to cut my losses and dump the rest.

I was "carefully" removing the tops from the bottles over the kitchen sink, trying let the pressure bleed out slowly. On about the fifth bottle, the top rim broke off and shot into my hand. I spent a couple of hours on Labor day in the clinic. Luckily, no damage other than a deep cut.

My hand is healing well, and I am now chilling the remainder of the bottles before I open them. It wasn't very smart on my behalf, but if this post prevents somebody else from making the same mistake with potentially worse consequences, then it's well worth it.

Another lesson learned: I am now aerating my worts before adding the yeast, using an aquarium pump and diffusion stone. This provides a much better fermentation. No more stuck ferments at 1.02 SG (or higher). I will also be adding yeast nutrient as well. starting this weekend.

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Old 09-11-2007, 12:47 PM   #2
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OUCH!!!! Glad you're ok

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Old 09-11-2007, 01:04 PM   #3
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Old 09-11-2007, 01:16 PM   #4
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Sorry to hear about your hand and your lost batch...

Glad to hear it was just a superficial cut, it could have hit a lot worse spots on your hand/forearm.

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Old 09-11-2007, 09:15 PM   #5
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Don't bother with the ED next time if you are sure you only cut skin. Just get iodophor dump it on full strength rinse with cold water and superglue the cut, thats basically what the doc did when I cut my finger last time. The glue that they are now using is the exact same thing as superglue, except it has dye in it.

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Old 09-11-2007, 09:25 PM   #6
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Glad to hear you're OK.

In reference to knarf's comments...my advice is don't take medical tips from members of a homebrew forum...!

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Old 09-11-2007, 10:48 PM   #7
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http://www.exn.ca/Stories/2004/04/19/51.asp?t=dp

8. Superglue
Superglue, or Krazy Glue, is actually a substance called 'cyanoacrylate'. Dr. Harry Coover accidentally discovered it twice, the first time in 1942, when he was trying to develop an optically clear plastic for gun sights and the second time nine years later, when he was trying to develop a heat-resistant polymer for jet canopies. On both occasions his new product proved to be too sticky for the job, in fact he got into trouble when he stuck together and ruined a very expensive pair of glass lenses. Finally he realized his super sticking glue might have a use and in 1958 it was marketed as Superglue.

In fact Superglue turned out to be more than just useful. It saved the lives of countless soldiers in Vietnam when it was used in to seal battlefield wounds before the injured could be transported to a hospital.
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The glue that they are now using is the exact same thing as superglue, except it has dye in it.
True, other then the fact that superglue HURTS much much more then dermabond. Other then that its the same thing...
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You may want to get some welding gloves or or at least some leather work gloves before opening anymore.

I'm scared now!

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You may want to get some welding gloves or or at least some leather work gloves before opening anymore.

I'm scared now!
Don't be scared..just make sure the bottles are well chilled before opening. I cracked a few of the same batch open last night straight from the fridge with no problems.

Like I said before, I should have known better. Probably a good and safe practice not to open any homebrews warm, whether they are suspect of being over-pressurized or not.

I just hope people reading this thread don't make the same mistake. I was actually very lucky it wasn't worse.
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