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Old 04-16-2014, 12:49 PM   #1
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In September 2013, I brewed a batch of Bourbon Barrel Porter. Recently, I attempted to drink one, and found it to be a "gusher." Tried two more, and got the same thing. Apparently, it wasn't finished fermenting when I bottled it, and that's the reason for the "gushers."

Yesterday morning, I heard a "crash" in my cellar where I store my beer. You guessed it...I experienced my first "bottle bomb." But under closer inspection, I had several previous "bottle bombs" for a total of eight out of a batch of fifty-two bottles. So, I carefully carried the two cases outdoors, and had a grand time popping the caps and dumping the contents.

The "bottle bomb" I heard actually was a blessing...because I also discovered that my sewer line to the city line under the street was backed up! So, my front yard will be dug up today and my sewer line replaced.

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Old 04-16-2014, 03:58 PM   #2
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Here, have a sad panda.

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Old 04-16-2014, 10:51 PM   #3
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Sad to hear that. I had my first bottle bombs of my brewing reboot at the beginning of the year. Still convinced I got some sort of infection (beer tasted great when it was fresh, gravity seemed stable).
A 22 oz bottle blew up right behind me as I was cleaning up the shards from another one. Luckily there were a few six packs between me and it, because some glass got stuck in the ceiling.

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Old 04-16-2014, 10:54 PM   #4
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You may try giving this a shot - use a church key to lightly lift the caps and vent off some of that pressure. The foam will shoot up pretty quick so at that point you let off, and the lid will reseal provided you didn't tweak the cap. Next day do the same thing. It's a PITA, but you can save your beer this way.

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You may try giving this a shot - use a church key to lightly lift the caps and vent off some of that pressure. The foam will shoot up pretty quick so at that point you let off, and the lid will reseal provided you didn't tweak the cap. Next day do the same thing. It's a PITA, but you can save your beer this way.
I used this trick to save mine, worked!
So now, is this a double 'sad panda'?
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Thanks for the "Sad Panda." While it was fun to watch the bottle caps fly 20-25 feet, it was sad that I had to dump a very delicious beer. I brewed it once before, and loved it.

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Old 04-18-2014, 12:21 AM   #7
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Thanks for the "Sad Panda." While it was fun to watch the bottle caps fly 20-25 feet, it was sad that I had to dump a very delicious beer. I brewed it once before, and loved it.

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It is a great beer, one of NB's best. It will age well for a couple years. Also the chocolate hazelnut porter.
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