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Old 07-01-2011, 12:11 AM   #1
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What is the best way to safely thaw out bottles of homebrew? I had almost 2 cases of beer in my soda machine, and when I walked by it tonight, I smelled watermelon.. I opened the machine, and saw ice and slush inside the machine. Apparently, the thermostat stuck and kept getting colder and colder. Now I have beercicles. I have no idea if they will be salvageable, but none of the bottles broke - yet. I removed them from the cabinet and put in a big storage bin with a lid just in case they decide to leak, pop, explode, whatever.

I know, pics or it didn't happen... Here you go.. I started to clean up before I took them so its not as bad looking now...







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Old 07-01-2011, 12:32 AM   #2
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You have a soda machine, thats too cool.

Sorry about your luck.



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Old 07-01-2011, 01:47 AM   #3
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Thanks.. I've got a few machines... Nothing cold like soda machine cold. This particular machine is normally a slant shelf and the bottles are supposed to lay down. I took out the original shelves and made 2 shelves to fit the bottles standing up. Its been working great like this since I started brewing. I converted another machine into a fermentation chiller.. Soda machines are better than normal fridges because they have a circulator fan running all the time, even when the compressor turns off.

Not sure what I should do with the bottles as they defrost. It appears that most if not all have blown the crown seal. Not sure if I should recap them, let them warm up then cool again, put into fridge and hope for the best. I am going to a party on Fri night, so we could consume all these if there is a chance they will go bad. I really don't want to do that as I don't know if these people are homebrew worthy.. Most are Bud Light in a can drinkers...

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I was wondering if you stored the botles laying down.
Can't find anything like that around here but if I could I probabily wouldnt be able to afford it

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I've frozen beer in the freezer before and just thrown them in the fridge to thaw, and they tasted fine on the other side.

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After 24hrs of being unrefrigerated, there were still some that were cold.. I tried one and it was flat as a board. I put the rest back in the fridge and I'll try one today.

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So far, it seems like the batch that was chilling for a week or 2 before the big freeze didn't get that affected. The few bottles that I put in about 48hrs before the freeze have no carbonation at all.



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