Well, I brewed two new batches on Sunday. I have two Mr. Beer kegs I got for Christmas.
The Honey Maibock is doing fine.
I brewed Love Potion Lager in an attempt to get my wife to drink some beer.
It is made with Whispering Wheat Weizenbier, Golden Wheat UME, a can of dark, sweet cherries, cinamon and nutmeg. I put it into the keg Sunday night.
Monday afternoon, it was going crazy. All types of fermentation going on I guess. It looked like the cherry particles were on a crazy ride swirling all around. Later it started hissing once in a while and spit out some foam from the top. I called the "experts" at Mr. Beer and his response was it just happens sometimes when you brew with fruit. He said remove the lid after putting on safety glasses and gloves.
I asked about it ruining the beer and he said it was more important not to blow up the house. He could not provide me with any reason why it would be doing this. I did crack the lid allowing the pressure to escape. I did this several times as it continued to build. I, for one, am not about to ruin 2.5 gallons of beer on purpose.
Bedtime came and I let out the pressure again and loosened up the lid a lot. Not enough I guess. When I woke up, I found some purple foam on the wall and ceiling and no lid on the keg. I found pieces of the lid about twenty feet away. The beer had not blown out as it was still real close to the starting level. The foam had blown everywhere thoguh and the top was in 8 pieces. The beer was still doing it's crazy fermenting thing so I glued the top back together and sterilized it and put it back on loosely.
It seems to have calmed down now. Hopefully the beer is okay. With that much positive pressure, maybe no bad things got in.
Anyone have this happen before? Any insight as to why it might have happened?
The good thing to come out of this is now the wife gave me approval to get the two glass carboy setup at my local brew store. Once these are done, goodbye Mr. Beer. I still may keep them to experiment with.
Any thoughts would be appreciated. If nothing else, it is a funny story.