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Old 06-08-2011, 11:51 AM   #1
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I love Mythbusters on Discovery. It's pretty much my favorite show and my dream job would be to work there.

I've been trying to think of myths they could test that relate to brewing, but the best I can come up with is bottle bombs, and its kind of lame.

Anybody got anything good?
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Old 06-08-2011, 11:55 AM   #2
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bottle bombs aren't a myth though. i've never had them, but i've seen pictures!
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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I've seen pictures of bigfoot too.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:11 PM   #4
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you could do your own experiment. bottle right after you pitch the yeast, then hold the bottle close to your head to see if you can hear it working.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:12 PM   #5
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i do agree though. myth busters is a sweet show and i wold like to see a beer myths episode. they did have one about the fastest way to chill a beer, it was pretty cool. i would like to see more.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:18 PM   #6
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They also did a great one where they chilled a beer almost to the point of freezing and then clunked the bottom of the glass bottle on a hard surface and made ice crystals instantly create a chain reaction, turning the whole beer to ice.

That was great on both scientific and entertainment levels, which is kind of the show's genius.

What about a keg explosion? Is there a myth about that? And if there isn't, can we create one now? Would it be possible to keg a beer prematurely, while the yeast is active, and explode a keg? Sanke or corny.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:23 PM   #7
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yeah, the instant freeze thing was cool.

if there isn't one we can certainly create one now. we just have to start telling people that our kegs exploded from premature racking. i'm sure they could explode, but i don't know at what pressure. and i don't know what kind of pressure yeast would create before they pooped out, or if the keg would leak before it exploded. i'm curious now. we could send it in and see what they say
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:39 PM   #8
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Some suggestions:

1. Does secondary fermentation improve beer?
2. Does leaving beer on yeast for prolonged periods have dire consequences for the beer?
3. Does beer get you drunk or is it just a coincidence?

 
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:41 PM   #9
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Thing is, I kinda think I saw them do an exploding keg too, where they put a mostly empty keg on a fire. But realistically those things are built to withstand a lot of pressure. Yeast couldn't do it.

Let's think outside the box. I think we can create a genuinely good myth that would be fun to test and see on the show. I'd like to see this thread stay alive long enough for someone to think of something good, and to that end, I'll point out the elements I'm playing with in my head:

Propane burners, boiling hot sugar/water syrups, carboy bombs, unattended boils...

All that has to be done is we think of a plausible story, like "I walked away from a boil and the hot liquid boiled over and melted the line from the propane tank to the burner, it spewed out propane, which caught fire and turned into a flame thrower... etc.
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Old 06-08-2011, 12:50 PM   #10
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Some suggestions:

1. Does secondary fermentation improve beer?
2. Does leaving beer on yeast for prolonged periods have dire consequences for the beer?
3. Does beer get you drunk or is it just a coincidence?
Those are great questions for hbt, but only the last one has entertainment value.

But the last one DOES have entertainment value.
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