So I attempted stovetop pasteurization for the first time last night... Saying I was unsuccessful would be a gross understatement.
I knew this was already going to be a little precarious of an experiment because my bottles were very very carbonated... But I figured what the hell (Truth be told I have a friend who is waiting for me to ship him a bottle so pasteurization was very necessary). The problem particularly was that me and my friend had a few homebrews before we started this project and so the bottles were not only over carbonated but I left them in there for longer than 10 minutes.
I had walked out of the room for a moment and I heard the first BOOM!
By the time I got into the kitchen and in front of the pot the second one went off like a glass grenade and sent a 3" piece of glass shrapnel into my stomach...
Not to mention glass all over the kitchen.
By the time my buddy got in there I had him take a lid and hold it up in front of the bottles to shield us. He would've put the top on the pot but the bottles stuck up too high. Then he touched the top of the bottle with the top of the lid and BOOM another one went off.
That piece of glass was still sticking out of my stomach like a cactus needle, Once we were able to stop laughing and pull the shard of glass out of my gut I realize that I need to get a big tall pot that the bottles will fit inside.
This was funny because no one got hurt and they just kept going off one after another, But I'm sure it could have been a lot more serious, so folks, learn from my experience and either get a pot that the bottles will fit in, manage the time accurately and don't do this with over carbed cider.... OH YA and keep your head down!