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Old 12-11-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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I just started pasteurizing my first cider this morning. Bottles have just the right amount of carbonation and are ready to go. Once the water temp reached 190F I placed 7 bottles in the water for 10 min . With 2 minutes to go in the first batch I here a crash in the kitchen. When I go to check on it there is glass all over the kitchen. Ok, I 'm thinking maybe a bad bottle and I put another batch in and it happed again.

What do I do now. I don't want to risk losing more bottles or an eye for that matter. What would you do.

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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Going to try 10 degrees lower and see what happens.

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:55 PM   #3
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Wear safety goggles?

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Old 12-11-2012, 09:16 PM   #4
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Cold crash instead if you're gonna drink them fast.

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Well they stopped bursting and I still have both eyes. Not sure what was going on but ever since I lowered the temp and double burner, everything has been good. Just finishing my last batch and crossing my fingers that fermentation has stopped.

Guessing that my thermometer is wrong and the water was way to hot. Also think that the bottles making direct contact to bottom is the main contributor in the over heating and bursting of the bottles. Maybe having a rag at the bottom of the pot might help.

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Old 12-11-2012, 11:36 PM   #6
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This is scary, I have done this a few times, and I am about to do it tomorrow

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Old 12-12-2012, 02:02 AM   #7
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I ran mine starting temp at 170 degrees for 10 minutes, final temp was near or above 150 for all the batches, this was sufficient to kill the yeast in mine. I found anything higher than 170 on my thermometer and I was starting to get bubbling (start of boiling) and I was just not comfortable with that.

I think Initial Temp doesnt matter so much as heating the bottles above 140 for more than 60 seconds.

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If you dont remove from the heat the temp at the bottom of the pan wear the bottle comes in contact can be well over 212 deg. Even if you turn off the burner on an electric stove it still stays hot. Thats why I use a spaghetti pot with the strainer insert. The bottle never comes in contact with the bottom of the pan. I also put the cover on to catch flying glass, which has never happened.

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Do you have a dishwasher?
I pasteurized mine in my dishwasher on the sanitizing cycle, 155°. A dish washer is safer because if you do have bottle bombs they are contained.

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Do you have a dishwasher?
I pasteurized mine in my dishwasher on the sanitizing cycle, 155°. A dish washer is safer because if you do have bottle bombs they are contained.
Yup. Never used the heat cycle even for dish washing. How many bottles at a time?
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