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Old 03-30-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Default Bottle necks breaking!?!?

I utilize a variety of bottles and handle them all the same regarding cleaning, storing and sanitizing. Last night when cracking open a few to taste our latest batch of Imperial IPA, I literally broke off 3 bottle necks in a row! I almost started to cry by the third one since again I had to dump the contents down the drain for fear of glass shards!

Has this happened to anyone else with any frequency? When popping the cap off, the whole neck breaks!

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Old 03-30-2013, 01:18 PM   #2
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Strange.

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Old 03-30-2013, 01:22 PM   #3
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Sounds like old bottles, pre-bottle bombs, or both. If you've had a few over carbed beers in there, or wash them in the dishwasher the glass can fatigue over time.

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If I had any bottles break with an IIPA in them, I would take it as a sign from the beer gods that it's time to step up to kegging. I feel your pain, man. Thinking about pouring out an imperial is making me want to cry.

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I would be interested in hearing how you clean and sanitize along with what you use to bottle with. I believe there are a few threads stating that some of the cappers are breaking bottles

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When the wing-type cappers get worn they can place an excessive amount of stress on the bottles. Some of the cheaper ones wear VERY quickly.

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If I had any bottles break with an IIPA in them, I would take it as a sign from the beer gods that it's time to step up to kegging. I feel your pain, man. Thinking about pouring out an imperial is making me want to cry.
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:17 PM   #8
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I would be interested in hearing how you clean and sanitize along with what you use to bottle with. I believe there are a few threads stating that some of the cappers are breaking bottles
I don't think my cleaning process is unusual but this is the general process: Soon after pouring brew out of a bottle they get a quick rinse and placed on the bottle rack to drain. When it's time to refill they get power rinsed with hot water using the inverted nozzle on the utility sink faucet, get immersed immediately in iodophor solution to soak a bit, then back to the drying rack.

We use a heavy plastic wing capper, but breakage during capping never happens!
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Old 03-30-2013, 03:17 PM   #9
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I bet they cracked at capping. You have to watch that CLOSE!

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SA and dos equis bottles (I know, I know "most interesting" blah blah blah) were the only ones I used after losing a few brews.

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Old 03-30-2013, 03:24 PM   #10
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I asked about the sanitizing because I know some people use their oven to sanitize. I would worry about using a oven just because I worry

Going with Cheezy on this. I have read tons of threads where winged cappers cause problems. I got lucky and bought a nice benchtop capper right out of the gate and never have had a bottle break or fail.

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