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Old 05-10-2007, 08:00 PM   #1
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So I got home this afternoon, walked inside and said to myself "Hmm, what smells like beer?" I go into the kitchen and notice a brown puddle on my counter, what happened still hadn't dawned on me so again I said to myself "gross, did the cat have a serious case of the runs?"

Then I notice the beer dripping out of my cabinet. I had put two 22oz's in my liquor cabinet to age for awhile, and I guess it's been a little warm around here.... The bottom blew out of one of the bottles and 22ozs of my first batch of HB went everywhere .

Now, keep in mind that the liquor is kept on the 3rd shelf and food is kept on the lower two so in the process I also lost a box of oatmeal, two boxes of mac & cheese, some seasonings, and I thought I also lost a box of hostess cupcakes but luckily only the box was damaged and the cupcakes were safe inside their plastic wrappers

Oh well, live and learn... I'm going to put a 6pk of EdWort's Apfelwein in the fridge to drown my sorrows

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Old 05-10-2007, 08:57 PM   #2
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I got home today and found my 2nd bottle bomb ....1st was 2 weeks ago , same batch of beer. I have them down in the basement where its around 60 or so.

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Old 05-10-2007, 09:04 PM   #3
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I feel your pain.

I haven't had a bottle grenade since brewing Root Beer back in '94.

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Should putting them in the fridge prevent them from blowing up anymore? I have had a few of them and they are a little over carbed.

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I'm just happy to hear the cupcakes survived! Sorry about your beer loss though

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Should putting them in the fridge prevent them from blowing up anymore? I have had a few of them and they are a little over carbed.
Yes, refrigerate them. The CO2 will absorb into the solution and the yeast will stop eating the corn sugar (or whatever you used to carb with). What did you prime with and how much? I've never had a bottle bomb, yet. (I'll put the inevitable yet in there).
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Should putting them in the fridge prevent them from blowing up anymore? I have had a few of them and they are a little over carbed.

Putting them in the fridge will definitely help. That's where the surviving 22oz went.
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Should putting them in the fridge prevent them from blowing up anymore? I have had a few of them and they are a little over carbed.
My experience with over carbed beer is that they stay that way or get worse. Putting them in the fridge will help, but it depends on how over carbed they are. If it gets worse and they start exploding in the fridge you'll have more of a mess to clean. If it's infection caused you better start pounding them down......
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I'm just happy to hear the cupcakes survived!
And, miraculously all of my girl scout cookies were spared. I guess the beer gods can be cruel but they know where to draw the line
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if they are all potential bottle bombs, be careful how you handle them, because if one goes off in your hand, it could be extremely dangerous!

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