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Old 05-31-2009, 05:25 PM   #1
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I made a stout this past winter and after 10 days in the primary and then 53 days in the secondary the fg was 1.020 with a og of 1.060. I know a little high but I went ahead and bottled. I figured it was done. Well I walked into the beer cellar (a spare room in the basement which stays around 60 year round) yesterday and beer on the floor and a shattered bottle on the shelf. My first beer bomb. So I took one and opened it and waited for the foam to stop coming out and took a gravity reading and guess what 1.010 a ten point drop. I then did some research on the forums and I unfortunately deiced to not chance more bombs and I dumped it.

My question is Do you think it is safe to reuse those bottles or have they been weaken and may or may not hold regular carb pressure?

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Old 05-31-2009, 05:53 PM   #2
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My guess it the bottles are fine. Glass is very brittle. It is either fine or it's broken--it has practically zero elasticity. Consequently, it can't suffer from fatigue from being stressed. I would love to hear the experts chime in on this though, how the beer sat in primary/secondary for 63 days and apparently, was not done fermenting. I bottled my first homebrew at 1.020 and haven't had any problems. Everyone on here indicates that the dry yeast I was using (Muntons, only 1-pack) tends to be lazy and give up too soon.


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Old 05-31-2009, 07:03 PM   #3
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I just doubled checked the dates and yes I brewed the batch on 10-11-08 and bottled on 12-13-08 and the yeast was safale s-04. By the way it tasted fine. No off or bad tastes but lots of carbonation. It was definitely drier than I had remembered it for a month or so ago.

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You dumped it?

Why didn't you just open then recap all of the bottles?
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I did think about recapping but the more I thought about it the more I didn't like the idea. I did do some research on the boards and found that oxidation would become a problem and after watching the foam pour out of the bottles I would be maybe recapping half full bottles. I let it go and will learn from the mistake.
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I can understand your thinking but...

Dump when you confirm that it is bad, not when you think it might be bad.

That was a lot of time and effort you tossed out.
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Sounds like a better idea would be to invite a few friends over and drink all the beer.

Designate someone the opener! Heavy gloves, face shield and arm guards when opening them.
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Sounds like a better idea would be to invite a few friends over and drink all the beer.

Designate someone the opener! Heavy gloves, face shield and arm guards when opening them.
gonna +1 that.

you should have used the opportunity to have a very 'ed night

but yeah those, bottles are fine. did you at least give it a few good tastes to see how it turned out???

blah at this point i don't think i'd have the money to dump a batch even if i wanted to. without breaking down into tears of course.
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Some of those bottles was like dropping mentos into diet coke.The foam literally shot out the top 4-6 inches. I was lucky only one bottle blew up. Yes I tasted it and if was fine.


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