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Old 06-06-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Priming weizens to 4 vols: has a bottle ever exploded?

There's a lot of disagreement over how much carbonation is right for weizens. More importantly, there's the question of whether 4 vol bottle will explode. Has this happened to anyone?

I've got some 4 vol hefe in my cellar right now, and I'm worried to touch it. But if my memory serves, I've made weizens at 4 vols in the past without incident.

(for anybody wondering, some beer calculators use 4 vols as the average carb level for weizens).

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:00 PM   #2
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Alot of this depends on the bottle that it is stored in. For example, heavier guage Belgian Bottles would likely be fine, but thinner American bottles might not be. 4 is a little high, but it isn't outrageous.

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Old 06-06-2012, 07:04 PM   #3
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4 is pushing it, I think. Many have done it with no issues; some have not been so lucky. Really depends on the bottle - not all standard 12oz longnecks are created equal.

I've found 3 vols to be plenty sufficient for my hefes. And I don't have to flinch when I open them.
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There's a pretty good size thread on this somewhere. I tested a bottle of one of the big commercial guys and it was up around 4. Paulaner maybe?
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