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Old 04-17-2012, 11:24 AM   #1
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Default First Bottle Bomb! Yeah, that was exciting.

So I made an experimental half-batch a while ago and it just wasn't very good. I wound up using most of it for cooking.

Problem was, I knew when I bottled it that I didn't mix the priming solution in at all. I took a little taste from the dregs of the bottling bucket and it was very, very sweet. That led to uneven carbonation.

I forgot about a bomber of that batch until last night when it went kablooey. That must have been one of the over-carbed ones. Fortunately it was in a closet and the glass was contained, but that was a hell of a boom. I was especially impressed with the practically powdered glass that was all over the wall. Lots of power in those things.

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Old 04-17-2012, 11:55 AM   #2
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Yeah, lots of power indeed...the inch long scar on my forearm agrees

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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To both of you... where are the pics!

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Old 04-17-2012, 12:08 PM   #4
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To both of you... where are the pics!
Believe me...when it happened, I was in no mood to take pictures.
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Old 04-17-2012, 12:59 PM   #5
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These posts make me want to wear my welding mask when I handle my bottles!

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Old 04-17-2012, 02:40 PM   #6
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These posts make me want to wear my welding mask when I handle my bottles!
Seen in the movies where they handle Nitroglycerin? Kinda like that.

Jon - glad you're ok. Have safety glasses?
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:16 PM   #7
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There are two types of brewers:

Those that have had bottles bombs.....and those that will.

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Old 04-17-2012, 10:35 PM   #8
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There are two types of brewers:

Those that have had bottles bombs.....and those that will.
+1 to that.

Still, broken glass is my #1 enemy in brewing. I'd rather have a spoiled batch before I go to the ER.

Luckily, my few bombs have taken place in boxes. I have yet to have one blow up in my hands. Only time will tell...
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I've had one bottle bomb. Luckily it was contained in a box.

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My bottle bomb decided to go off while I was trying to open it. Lots of glass shards to pick out of my hands. After my wife pulled them out and bandaged me up, I (carefully, with a towel over it) opened another one. It was perfectly carbed and help to dull the pain.

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