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Old 08-08-2010, 01:52 PM   #1
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I was brewing yesterday and a buddy came over to visit. I had promised him a growler of the Centennial Blonde I had on tap.

I filled the growler from my tap, leaving about 2" of headspace in the neck (right about to the point it starts to flare out).

He was standing in my yard talking to me for about 5 minutes, holding the growler by the thumbhook. All of a sudden, *POP* the bottom fell right out of the growler! He was left with an empty, bottomless growler and an astonished look on his face.

The most amazing thing I've ever seen. Once my camera charges up I'll take some pix.

I can only assume once the hot sun hit the cold growler it created more pressure than it could handle. It was literally 4-5 minutes, tops.

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Old 08-08-2010, 01:54 PM   #2
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thats wild man, I would definitely like to see the pics of that

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I saw it! He was showing it during the live brewcast. Amazingly clean cut- like someone had cut it with a glass cutter.

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I've noticed the Wynkoop overflows my growlers when filling and caps with zero headspace. Makes sense.

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I only wished he was on camera when it broke, I heard the bang and the WTF?? and the aftermath of the bottle breaking. That ranks up there on the random crazy sh!t scale for sure. I am glad that your friend was unharmed other than mental anguish.

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I only wished he was on camera when it broke, I heard the bang and the WTF?? and the aftermath of the bottle breaking. That ranks up there on the random crazy sh!t scale for sure. I am glad that your friend was unharmed other than mental anguish.
Mental anguish? Heck yes. Losing a free 1/2 gallon of beer is a traumatic experience.
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I've seen this happen twice with beer bottles. Once when two people clanked them for a toast and once when someone tapped another persons beer to cause it to overflow. The bottoms fell out perfectly. Pretty crazy to see, never heard of it on a growler. I'd really like to know what causes this.

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I always fill my growlers to the rim. Let it overflow a little til its beer and not foam. Thats what Stone does too. Sucks to lose that beer though. Been there....

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I'm still hunting down my camera...just re-floored my office so crap is everywhere.

See now I thought having the headspace was to help prevent bottle bombs. Is that only with carbing?

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