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Old 08-28-2008, 03:40 PM   #11
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I would do what yoop suggested, it is a pretty commonly recommended alternative. Chill them, then uncap them, let the CO2 vent for a few minutes then cap them with fresh corks...

A lot of people have done this to great success...Dumping and rebottling is not necessary, nor is it a good idea...

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Old 08-28-2008, 03:52 PM   #12
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Alright, that shouldn't be too hard considering they're in swing top bottles. I'll try it and report back.

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Old 08-28-2008, 04:18 PM   #13
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I would recommend chilling them super cold immediately and carefully unsnapping the flip top a bit to relieve some pressure, just a hiss or until foam is about to rocket out. I'm not kidding when I say wear gloves and safety glasses when moving the bottles.

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Old 08-28-2008, 04:30 PM   #14
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Ok, glass shards in the eyeballs sounds like something I'll pass on.

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Old 08-28-2008, 07:45 PM   #15
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Aren't gushers a possible sign of infected beer?

In this case, no. The OP clearly stated using too much priming sugar. RDWHAHB.

+1 to letting off a bit of pressure and re-capping. Swing tops are nice for that.
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:50 PM   #16
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Yeah he posted that after I posted.

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Old 08-28-2008, 10:58 PM   #17
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I've had this happen too, with a couple batches. I don't have much for temp control in the spring and sometimes the fermentation gets hung, and when I was first starting out I was a little too eager ... lost a few bottles when the mercury hit 100 degrees this summer. What I ended up doing was waiting until a cool morning, putting on a pair of welding gloves and opening them and dumping them into a Corny keg and putting them on tap. I've still got a little left in that keg.

Definitely wear as much protection as you can, especially your hands and eyes. A face shield would be great if you've got one. Chances are, if they didn't blow up when it was 90 degrees, they won't when it's 50 ... but you never know!

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Old 08-29-2008, 03:21 PM   #18
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Well upon further inspection it appears that as the beer continued to carb, the rubber gaskets on the swing tops acted like a sort of safety valve, gave way and let off a good amount of CO2. So most of them are now at a reasonable carbonation level and when I open one thats not I just close it back up real quick and put it back in the fridge. Thanks for the help everyone.

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So most of them are now at a reasonable carbonation level and when I open one thats not I just close it back up real quick and put it back in the fridge. Thanks for the help everyone.
Still be careful...If those things blow it is dangerous.
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