I put my first brew into bottles about 2.5 weeks ago. It's a SF IPA clone -- it fermented for about 3.5 weeks and I dry-hopped it for the last 3 days in the fermentor. Did not use a secondary fermentor. Then I bottled it with an amount of priming sugar that, well, kind of I eye-balled. I probably could have been more accurate with the priming sugar, but I was being lazy.
Last night, two bottles exploded in the drawer I keep the bottles in. (It's dark and about 65-70F in that drawer.) I also opened a few bottles last week and they seemed like gushers (one turned into about 75% upon opening, the other became about 50% foam). Again, this happened after 2.5 weeks of bottle-conditioning.
I've read a good deal of the threads here on exploding beer bottles, but I'm not clear on what the best move is. Do I?
- Burp the bottles -- open the bottles slightly, in other words -- and then re-seal them?
- Chill all of the 30 or so bottles I have left in the fridge?
- Fully uncap and recap all of the bottles (though I'd imagine some of them will gush over?)
- Throw up my hands and start drinking this batch right away? (The beer tastes really good but it's really cloudy and very carbonated)
- Pour the entire batch down the drain?
- Leave the bottles as is and hope they don't explode? They're safely concealed in a drawer so they won't injure anyone, but the cleanup was a pain.
Thanks for your help with this. Definitely don't want my first batch to go to waste!