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Old 08-13-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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I am a little confused at the moment. I have had two different batches of beer with this problem. I gave my father in law a few bottles of a CDA and he mentioned that two bottles broke off on the neck about an inch from the cap upon opening. Yesterday, I was tasting my Witbier and the bottle broke on me opening it. What could be causing this issue? I am using a wide variety of used commercial bottles, all pop top, mostly Sam Adams.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:19 PM   #2
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The bottles just couldn't handle the pressure of bottle conditioning. Active refermentation in the bottle provides a lot more pressure than filling a bottle with already carbonated beer (which is what most breweries do). That being said, most bottles can hold up to bottle conditioning, but you can always get a weak bottle, overpriming or an infection that will cause it to break.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:25 PM   #3
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No infection that I can tell. So what can I do to prevent it from occurring?

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Did you ever bake them in the oven to sanitize? That's what caused the only bottle bomb I've ever had. The heating-cooling cycle seems to stress the glass.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:32 PM   #5
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No, but I use my dishwasher.

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:38 PM   #6
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the anchor steam bottles are the worst. the new belgium bottles aren't great either. sam adams are usually pretty solid - which type specifically is breaking on you?

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Old 08-13-2012, 03:45 PM   #7
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I had a SA break last night. I am pretty sure SA or Michelob bottles were also the culprit with the ones I gave away.

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I've reused New Belgium bottles more than 10x and never had a break, even with priming up to 3.25 vol CO2. I sanitize in Starsan (not a hot dishwasher) and cap with a bench capper.

I just put a Tripel in old returnable 12oz bottles carbed to 3.8 vol CO2 and am hoping for no broken bottles.

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Old 08-15-2012, 03:25 PM   #9
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I had a thought and wanted to put this out there. Instead of putting my bottles in the dishwasher and subjecting them to the heating/cooling cycle and weakening the glass, what would be wrong with dunking them in the star san solution I use in my bottling bucket before bottling?

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I would personally avoid the dishwasher for the heat/cool avoidance. Also, make sure you add the correct amount of priming sugar and that your fermentation is complete (always good to check, anyway).

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