Originally Posted by pwortiz
First off, I agree that you gotta watch this stuff. I had the exact same issue with the Notty...4 days, no problem. Day 5 I had Cider 'nades.
1) Yes, they will still gush. I had some that I had to open over the course of 15 minutes to gradually let out the pressure and not lose prescious cider. Bottle cap released a bit, let settle, release, settle....it was worth it in the end though.
2) They will still gush but LESS than if they were warm.
4) I think you'd be just fine and I like how you did that. I will remember that for the future!
3) (how many ciders did you have before numbering these questions) I sorta had that issue. None blew but I had issues POST pasteurizing while they were cooling. I didn't have issues after they were on the shelving though.
Haha, I had a decent amount of cider at the point of numbering those questions!
Well here's where I'm at a day later. I opened one of the recapped plastic soda bottles after work and it foamed up about a quarter of an inch. Wow, only took 24 hours to get it back to where it needed to be. So I popped a glass bottle and no foaming, but carb level was good. 6 hours later now that everyone's asleep I just started to pasteurize the rest of the batch.
The bottles that I did pasteurize last night are great. No gushing, and good, high carb level. The ones I put in the fridge last night are the same, no gushers, just good, high carbed cider.
So what did I learn? I think I jumped the gun after seeing the gushers and should have just pasteurized the whole batch instead of all the work of uncapping and refilling. The bottles I either pasteurized or chilled both turned out great, so next time around I won't let a little gushing worry me too much. And again they weren't geysers, just foamed over the top.