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Old 12-15-2007, 04:23 AM   #1
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I read a lot about exploding bottles. What does that really mean? Are we talking flying glass across the room? Glass stuck into drywall? Or just a rupture and beer spews all over the place. Just in case I have my batch in a crate. The lid is partially on with so it doesn't get too warm in there.

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Old 12-15-2007, 04:48 AM   #2
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it will answer your questions.
they don't call them bottle bombs for nothing.
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I swear that guy Must of put like 5 cups of primer in that batch. Its funny when he comes out with the motorcycle helmet and welding gloves on though!but ya they are like shrapnel bombs if they blow so be careful.3/4 cup corn sugar is all you need.

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This is a good reason to use PET bottles!!!!

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Old 12-15-2007, 01:21 PM   #5
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Here's what happened to my overcarbonated bottles.


I was beginning to realize that they were a little overcarbonated when I poured one for my mom, and it was 3/4 head and 1/4 liquid. Then a couple days later, I was watching TV when I heard what sound like something very heavy falling very hard on my hardwood floor in the closet. I opened the closet door and beer and glass were everywhere. I carefully put all my bottles in a plastic box and carried them down stairs to the garage (see above video). I cleaned up. Checked my brew notes; I made a 1/2 batch but used enough priming sugar for a whole batch.

Lesson learned. Be Careful!
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:04 PM   #6
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In my earlier days of homebrewing I bottled too early. A cider in particular, which turned out very good. I bottled in PET and all that happened was they swelled out like a puffer fish.

I was able to unscrew the caps slightly to slowly dissapate the CO2. The funny thing is that mine didn't foam up real bad. In fact I didn't loose any cider to speak of but I think that because it was cider and not beer.

PET is a lot safer. Its not the most professional but its really conveinent. Easy to clean and bottle. I go with 1 ltr bottles and on a 5gal batch I usually have 17 bottles. You can bottle fast.

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I swear that guy Must of put like 5 cups of primer in that batch. Its funny when he comes out with the motorcycle helmet and welding gloves on though!but ya they are like shrapnel bombs if they blow so be careful.3/4 cup corn sugar is all you need.
He just didn't let fermentation complete before he bottled.
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Old 12-15-2007, 02:46 PM   #8
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My cousin made bottle bombs once and they blew the necks off 3 bottles and shot them (caps and all) into the ceiling.

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I had one batch of bombs. bottled a stuck fermentation that un-stuck in the bottle.
dumping them out wearing a paintball mask, leather jacket, and oven mitts.

PET bottles will explode too, and that plastic will slice you open or put out an eye just as readily as glass would.

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I dumped a few old bottles from a contest last week. Some of them were 100% foam. I'm amazed they didn't explode.

For those of you old enough to remember them, 128 Fizzies and a liter of water in a 2L bottle will make for a loud noise and a very big purple spot. We're talking SWAT loud.

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