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Old 08-29-2009, 04:10 AM   #21
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I just don't see why it would be an issue when you can buy sparkling wine at the liquor store and it's in the same bottles.
They are not in the same bottles. You bottled your beer in still-wine bottles. Sparkling-wine is bottled in champagne bottles. I would be worried about this - exploding bottles are dangerous.


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Old 09-07-2009, 04:41 AM   #22
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Well, I had my first bottle explode tonight. I'll be sticking most of them in the fridge to stop them from exploding hopefully. Anything I can't fit in there will be re-bottled in beer bottles. Lesson learned.



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Old 09-07-2009, 01:46 PM   #23
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You'll want to rebottle all that you can. The carbonation is there, the pressure is there. Chilling will slow it down, but the glass is already under stress.

Even chilled, have a solid grip on your corkscrew.
Once you get the cork started, the pressure will probably push it the rest of the way.
And there will be plenty of pressure. I had to do the same with a batch that didn't stabilize and started to ferment in the bottles. 2 popped corks, before I got them opened up.

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take cork scew all the way though cork and pull it out and let pressure bleed slowly. other wise you will foam up and get a mess everywhere. Chilling will help

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So, I assume getting them close to freezing, uncorking, and rebottling would be the best bet? Could I just let them sit opened for about 20 minutes and then re-cork them? I've never had to deal with rebottling, so I'm not sure of any downsides. Oxydizing?

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i had a funny saison bottling session this weekend. i scored a whole bunch of champagne bottles outside a wedding venue over labor day. i had them on the floor ready to be filled with saison and thought i should check to see if they cap before i fill them. well i picked up what was apparently a smaller size bottle and the cap fit perfectly. i then filled 5 more bottles to find they would not cap. i immediately got a cup and drank some uncarbed saison :>)

oh well, i'll just save all those bottles and get the plastic stoppers and wire to tighten for future batches. i think champagne bottles look cool, hold lots of beer, and are perfect for gifts.



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