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Old 10-06-2010, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default Bottle Bombs... what to do :(

I opened the beer closet today to be met with an explosion of glass. Cut my face and hands and even my son got a small scrape...
After the shock I quickly and carefully moved the box outside and cleaned up the mess. I managed to get one and open it to find that it was fine. Opened another and it was over carbed. WTF.... how does this happen? I primed the bucket, not the bottles.

Will putting them in the fridge stop my the yeast? Saving the few that were able to evade the blast radius....I"m bummed... These are from the second version of the choc stout.

This has NEVER happened to me... and yes I used a beer calc to get my carbonation units.

Halp me

Yours Truly, broken and bleeding,
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Old 10-06-2010, 05:55 PM   #2
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Yikes! Bad timing.

How did you prime the bucket? Sounds like an inconsistently mixed priming.

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:01 PM   #3
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the one time i bottled i got inconsistant mixing.

what was the OG? any signs of infection?

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:02 PM   #4
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If you can safely move them into the fridge, that'd be the best way to save them. You'll want to wear thick clothes and face/eye protection, just in case another one decides to blow. Keep them in there until you are ready to drink them. They'll probably still gush, but shouldn't blow up anymore once they are cold.

Good luck - hope that the damage wasn't too bad or painful!

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:04 PM   #5
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Dear Broken & Bleeding- ()

There's a few things it could be:

-Fermentation was not fully completed

-Possible infection in bottling bucket or in the bottles themselves (sounds more likely since only a few are over-carbed)

-Over-primed (even though you said you used a calculator to get priming amounts)

Check through your bottling procedure and see if there's anything you might have overlooked.

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Old 10-06-2010, 06:08 PM   #6
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OG was 1.057
FG was 1.013 conisistant for a week.

I boiled the priming sugar in water and poured the cooled solution into the bottling bucket, then siphoned over that. Let it sit for 20 min and then bottled.
No signs of infection. Tasted amazing! Nothing, not even a rogue yeast colony floating on top when it was time to bottle.

**Btw.... very painful and just inspected the cut on my cheek. its about 1 inch long, but deep enough to need superglue to hold it shut. **

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what was your process of mixing the priming sugar? how many grams of priming sugar did you use?

next time you bottle add half of the already boiled priming solution at the bottom of the bottling bucket and add the other half at about the 2 1/2 gallon mark or half way if you are brewing bigger batches. considering that you are siphoning the beer in the bucket it should mix fine with the beer slowly spinning from the siphoning. i always get consistent carbonation in every one of my beers doing this.

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if you have a ice chest,put them in it and add ice. it will chill them and controll any more mess. once they get good and cold put them in fridge. glad the kid (and you) are ok. well the broken heart thing sux too.

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Damn. Glad you're (relatively) Ok. So was it just earily bad timing, or did you knock/shake/jostle the bottle opening the door?

If you just syphon over the sugar mixture & not stir it in, doesn't that open the door to the possibility of the heavier sugar staying settled on the bottom & not distributing properly?

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considering that you are siphoning the beer in the bucket it should mix fine with the wort slowly spinning from the siphoning. i always get consistent carbonation in every one of my beers doing this.
While that may be, I always sanitize my plastic mash paddle and swirl the beer around a bit to make sure.
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