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Old 01-26-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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I bottled my first brew around about 3 weeks ago. Last week, I put some bottles in the fridge for a couple of days to give it a taste test. I started to notice that the bottles in the fridge were getting cracks in them. I looked at the bottles still in the closet and noticed the majority of those also had cracks in them. We are talking hair line cracks forming vertically on the bottle. I was afraid that they were overly carbonated so I opened the ones in the fridge carefully. They were not overly carbonated and actually had a perfect amount of carbonation in them. I threw some other cracked bottles in the fridge, tried them out tonight and these were not overly carbonated either.

I followed the instructions perfectly (mixed the priming sugar in with the brew) when bottling and have not been rough with the bottles either. These were brand new 22oz bombers purchased from the LHBS that the only thing I had done with them was sanitize with a diluted bleach solution. Since these beers were not bottle bombs or overly carbonated, does anyone have any idea why the brand new bottles would be cracking like this? Would they be safe to use for future uses if no glass has physically been chipping off the bottles?

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Old 01-26-2013, 06:11 AM   #2
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It could be that those bottles are not rated to carbonate in like growlers are not. I wouldnt use them to carb again with cracks in them, its just asking for trouble.

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Old 01-26-2013, 07:33 AM   #3
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I'd ask the LHBS where they got these ****ty bottles.

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Did you notice any cracks when you bought them? They might be factory seconds or outright rejects he got cheap to make a profit on. I'd show a couple to them.
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Many bottles have casting lines that go vertically from top to bottom. Don't mistake these for cracks.

I started inspecting all my bottles carefully after having bottled for several years. Some of my older bottles were cracked from top to bottom. I consider myself lucky that they hadn't exploded.

I inspect all bottles closely now by holding them up to a light before sanitizing on bottling day. I find small stress cracks around the necks, full length cracks on the bodies and small cracks around the sealing surfaces of the opening. These bottles get recycled. I've found ~ 3/10 Sam Adams bottles are cracked right after their first use.

My advice, drink these normally and dispose of the cracked bottles as you find them. Good on you to notice them, it took me years to start inspecting closely.

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Old 01-26-2013, 12:38 PM   #6
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Could be the bottle capper. What do you use?

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I can't believe they would crack from C02 pressure and not go ahead and just blow up. Something else is in play here.

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Sounds like junk bottles.

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It could be that those bottles are not rated to carbonate in like growlers are not. I wouldnt use them to carb again with cracks in them, its just asking for trouble.
why would they sell me bottles not rated for carbing when they knew my purpose?

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Could be the bottle capper. What do you use?
Just the two lever capper. I have noticed many around around the neck/stem area.
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why would they sell me bottles not rated for carbing when they knew my purpose?



Just the two lever capper. I have noticed many around around the neck/stem area.
Post a pic.

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