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Old 06-09-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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So I just drank beer number one of beer batch number 1! It was a green tea honey wheat and as a beer concept, I have high hopes for it and it has a lot of potential. As a beer, it was a bit sweet and unfinished tasting. This brings me to the subject line. Along with my first batch came my first bottle bombs. I'm pretty sure they were a result of me bottling before the fermentation was completely done (resulting in the bottle bombs and sweet taste). I was wondering if anyone had any experience bottling into the 1 L bottled water bottles (perier or something like that). I had one of those and i bottled my beer in it and that was one of the ones that exploded but I don't think that was due to the bottle so if anyone has successfully (or unsuccessfully) bottled in those, I'd appreciate your input

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Old 06-09-2012, 10:31 PM   #2
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those bottles typically aren't rated for beer. you should really use bottles that are specifically designed to handle pressure, like old beer bottles or even soda bottles. also a hyrometer may be a good investment if you haven't got one already so you can tell when fermentation is done

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Old 06-10-2012, 03:27 AM   #3
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Regular beer bottles also broke too so there is probably a combination of unfinished beer and bottles not being heavily over engineered (or in the case of the Perier bottle not being beer rated). As for a hydrometer, I'd like to think I've learned my lesson and won't be taking my beer out of the primary until I'm certain its done. Luckily it was in a Rubbermaid container so the mess was contained

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Update: a 22 went off last night at two in the morning. It broke both a glass bottle of vodka (the cheapest stuff I could get so I can use a sterile pressure lock fluid) and the plastic rubbermaid it was in spraying my living room in shrapnel. As of now, every single bottle from that batch has been moved into a growler with a pressure lock on top. I'll drink it flat after this fiasco.

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Old 06-10-2012, 07:18 PM   #5
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Proving once again tha tpatience is a virtue in brewing. Use a hydrometer & make sure it's had time to finish fermenting. Not to mention clean up & settle out clear or slightly misty. You'll get better beer.
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