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Old 02-17-2009, 07:56 PM   #1
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What is causing some of my bottles to break when opening them. I've had this happen to me three times now, thats 36 ozs of good home brew. Yoicks!!

The beer is good, it is carbonated, everything appears to be normal. It was 3 weeks in primary, then 3 weeks carbing up in bottles,

Like I said, Yoicks!!



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Old 02-17-2009, 07:58 PM   #2
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How are you opening them and where are they breaking? I've had overcarbed bottles explode but have never broken one opening it.



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Old 02-17-2009, 08:06 PM   #3
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They are breaking just under or at the cap line, there has been glass still in the cap when they break. Have I or one of my brewcrew (wife and/or son) been putting them on too tight? We use a hand held capper. My wife broke one last night while bottling but that's a different story.

Hold off on replying gang, I just saw an earlier thread on this subject, thanks.

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They are breaking just under or at the cap line, there has been glass still in the cap when they break. Have I or one of my brewcrew (wife and/or son) been putting them on too tight? We use a hand held capper. My wife broke one last night while bottling but that's a different story.

Hold off on replying gang, I just saw an earlier thread on this subject, thanks.
If you found an answer how about posting it.

I had this problem with my early brews. Changed caps and the problem never occurred again. I was losing a good 80% of my bottles. They would break just below the cap at an angle. I was using the oxygenated caps which appear like they are made from heavier metal. I also backed off of the force we were using to cap. Never did know for sure what was causing the problem but... it's gone now.
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If you found an answer how about posting it.

I had this problem with my early brews. Changed caps and the problem never occurred again. I was losing a good 80% of my bottles. They would break just below the cap at an angle. I was using the oxygenated caps which appear like they are made from heavier metal. I also backed off of the force we were using to cap. Never did know for sure what was causing the problem but... it's gone now.
The thread I found didn't have too much, a couple of ideas. Here's that thread:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/bottles-breaking-60337/

Sudz, I've only lost 3 bottles out of 3 batches, 80% would surely bother the heck out of me.

I don't know what you mean by oxygenated caps. I use the caps I get when I buy a kit at my LHBS. I didn't know there were any choices there.

I will try using less force when capping and, as one poster suggested, try holding the bottle closer to the cap when opening.
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Old 02-18-2009, 12:21 PM   #6
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I had a few bottles break just around the crown and figured out that I was capping them too hard. I had a couple break when I was opening them, didn't think anything about it. Then one day when capping, I noticed one had a crack around the top of the neck as I was putting it in the box. I let up some of the pressure on the bottle caper and I think that solved the problem. Also, I started using the oxygen barrier caps(the silver colored ones). They are made out of something much softer than the gold colored caps and they go onto the bottle with a lot less pressure. Much easier to use!

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I've never seen this. I've used both a bench capper and a wing capper and so far no problem. I'll keep an eye out though. I had no idea that this could be a concern.

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Are these newer bottles or ones that you have capped before? I am not sure if that would make a difference, but just wondering if repeated opening caused some sort of stress to the crown.

I have never experienced that before so I am interested as well. . . .

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I had a few bottles break just around the crown and figured out that I was capping them too hard. I had a couple break when I was opening them, didn't think anything about it. Then one day when capping, I noticed one had a crack around the top of the neck as I was putting it in the box. I let up some of the pressure on the bottle caper and I think that solved the problem. Also, I started using the oxygen barrier caps(the silver colored ones). They are made out of something much softer than the gold colored caps and they go onto the bottle with a lot less pressure. Much easier to use!
I too concluded it was too much force on the capper even though looking at it I couldn't see how "extra push" translated to additional stress on the bottle. I found the oxygen caps to be much harder to cap and remove. Interesting we found differences here. Maybe it has something to do with the bottles themselves?
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Are these newer bottles or ones that you have capped before? I am not sure if that would make a difference, but just wondering if repeated opening caused some sort of stress to the crown.

I have never experienced that before so I am interested as well. . . .
In my case all the bottles were new.... as was I....


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