Originally Posted by tfrost12
how much damage could one of these bottle bombs do? Im not doing it for kids, but I dont want a mess if I come home late. is it possible to use less yeast and let it take longer for the carbonation to build up?
How much damage could it do? I dunno- you could lose an eye or cut a limb if you try to open one and it explodes. It probably would just make an enormous mess, but I have heard of people being injured.
The problem isn't the amount of yeast- it's the sugar. The yeast eat sugars, and release co2 and ethanol. Since the soda has sugar in it for taste as well as carbonation, the yeast don't know to "turn off" fermentation before the sugar is gone. Sticking them in the fridge usually causes the yeast to go dormant, but not always. I use plastic soda bottles, and when they feel hard, they go into the fridge. With a glass bottle, I don't know how you'd tell for sure if they were carbed up enough or too much.
I know that others have done it, but it doesn't seem at all safe.