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Old 01-14-2008, 04:31 PM   #1
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Default Possible broken glass in bottles (advice please)

Bottling up 5 gals of a honey brown ale kit from Nothern Brewer (smelled real good, nice color, etc). Using the hand capper, put the first bottle on the kitchen counter, capped it, squeezed the capper, and just obliterated it. Glass and beer everywhere. I can't be sure that some glass didn't get into the other 48 bottles that were uncapped and on the floor waiting to go, so I am not sure if I should just chuck the whole batch (everything is now capped, and I am obviosuly reluctant to get rid of 2 cases of what looks like really good beer), or just strain the bottles when I pour them for drinking. Thoughts?

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Old 01-14-2008, 04:47 PM   #2
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The glass will fall to the bottom of the bottle. Just remember to pour slow and look in glass before u drink. I also suggest a bottle tree, this keeps bottles up side down and free of bugs, debree and flying glass.

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Thanks, the bottle tree wouldn't have worked this time because the bottles were all full of beer, but I am investing in a bench top capper that I think would have prevented this.

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One thing I've always done when I bottle is to fill a few bottles and put the sanitized cap on top while I fill the rest and then cap them a dozen or so at a time. This keeps stuff out of the beer you've bottled, and allows the co2 to fill the headspace until you close the cap.

It's too late now, but next time, don't fill all your bottles and then cap them all. At least put the cap over the bottle until you use the capper.

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One thing I've always done when I bottle is to fill a few bottles and put the sanitized cap on top while I fill the rest and then cap them a dozen or so at a time. This keeps stuff out of the beer you've bottled, and allows the co2 to fill the headspace until you close the cap.

It's too late now, but next time, don't fill all your bottles and then cap them all. At least put the cap over the bottle until you use the capper.
Ditto - I do the same as Yoop does. If you plan to bottle for awhile a bench capper isn't a bad idea.

One question... Where you using twist offs? - They are prone to this problem.


If you keep the beer, I'd strain it in a fine mesh strainer. I would try the gold colored reusable coffee filters, they are conical in shape. Drop one in your mug and pour away. You should have a good head after this!!!

I'd also keep this as my private stash just because of the risk involved.

The whole thing sucks though! Be carefull not to forget to strain after you have 3 or 4.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:01 PM   #6
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That sux dude. I believe I'd just use a fine mesh strainer. That and toss that wing capper in the garbage.

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or better yet, set it on fire

that sux dude, i'd definitely use a strainer or something when pouring these. broken glass worries me.

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If you are really worried about it, You should go to a hardware store and buy a bunch of paint strainers the paper ones with the screen in the bottom, and set one in your mug and pour slowly theose should filter all small particles of glass out, Also when you are filling your bottles try placing paper towell over them as they sit.

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Good ideas all, yes, I am definitely straining every beer, and yes, this is private reserve only. I am definitely going to be bottling, no room/$ for a keg setup, but I am sure as hell ditching the wing capper for a bench top.

And not only was it a twist off (which hasn't been a problem for me), but it was a michelob lite bottle, which has a different slope to the neck than a standard bottle. It was late and I was tired and not really paying attention to that, and it only took a slight squeeze before the thing popped like a balloon.

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Good ideas all, yes, I am definitely straining every beer, and yes, this is private reserve only. I am definitely going to be bottling, no room/$ for a keg setup, but I am sure as hell ditching the wing capper for a bench top.

And not only was it a twist off (which hasn't been a problem for me), but it was a michelob lite bottle, which has a different slope to the neck than a standard bottle. It was late and I was tired and not really paying attention to that, and it only took a slight squeeze before the thing popped like a balloon.
I have had no issues with my wing capper, But one night I popped a top off one of my bottles and the neck shattered in my hand, So it could of been a weak bottle.
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