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Old 06-22-2010, 05:06 PM   #1
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Default Ugh. Bottle Bombs. Sierra Nevada Bottles Anyone?

I made an ultra-hoppy (and quite dry and light 4.7%ABV) pale ale about a month ago, let it sit in primary for 3 weeks, and then secondary for a week and a half while dry hopping. It's gravity was constant. I bottled it. A week later I didn't open one, but picked it up and the kneck cracked and it started gushing out. Meh. Whatever. I opened it and drank it even though it wasn't carbed much (why waste?). Yesterday, however, was 102' where I live and at about 3am I heard the most insane crashing sound. I didn't know what it was (I've had a lot of problems with people trying to break in lately) so, half-naked, I grabbed my machette and went to the door. Lord behold, it was another bottle of Pale Ale. Glass was EVERYWHERE. pieces flew across the room. Geh. I read on another forum about bottle bombs that the person only had bottle bombs with SN bottles. Anyone else have this problem with SN bottles? Anyhow, scary stuff man. I coulda died.

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Old 06-22-2010, 05:09 PM   #2
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I used SN bottles on about 15 batches before getting my keg system and never had a problem with them.

Just speaking from my experience with them.

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2 things....overcarbed beer and 102 degrees....sh!ts gonna blow, don't care what bottles you are using! I'd say move them to the fidge or start disposing so no one gets hurt.

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That is scary. I have never had a bottle explode, but I have opened a bottle and the beer shot out of the bottle all the way to the ceiling. I never thought I would be mopping my ceiling when I started brewing.

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Old 06-22-2010, 05:12 PM   #5
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That's interesting considering SN bottle conditions all their beers. Must be too hot in the house.

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Old 06-22-2010, 05:13 PM   #6
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so, half-naked, I grabbed my machette and went to the door. Lord behold, it was another bottle of Pale Ale.
Sounds like the beginning of a new beer book.
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Old 06-22-2010, 05:19 PM   #7
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I love my Sierra Nevada bottles. I need to get another 12-pack soon to get more of them.

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I've never had a bottle bomb with a SN bottle, never had a problem with them.

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SN bottles are my favorite bottles to use. And yes, they bottle condition their beers, so they can obviously take it.

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I also use SN bottles almost exclusively because I like the way the box stores compactly in my closet. I've never had an issue, but have only bottled about 10 batches in my career.

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