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Old 09-30-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
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Out of curiosity, how many people have experienced "bottle bombs" (exploding bottles due to excessive pressure)? Do you have or have heard horror stories? When do the bottles tend to explode - soon or weeks after bottling?

 
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Old 09-30-2007, 02:13 PM   #2
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I don't remember who it was....but somebody on this forum had bottles that had too much pressure and while trying to open one the bottle broke and he ended up with stitches on his hand!
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:24 PM   #3
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Nice avatar!
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
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I don't mean to hi-jack this thread, but here are the full size pics from which my avatar is taken: I did this to win ticketsd to a sold out System Of A Down concert a couple years ago.







Me and SWMBO after I won the tickets. WAHH!
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
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I"ve never had a bottle bomb (knock on wood) so I can't answer this but

{hijack} I've been meaning ...cough... cough...to say something ...ummm...about that avatar

Of course in Las Vegas seeing that on the street wouldn't cause much of a stir
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Old 09-30-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
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I have. This was like 8 years ago, when a series of failed beer attempts (that were ALL my fault) caused me to take a break from brewing.

I bottled a stout that had a stuck fermentation. I did not relax, I did not have a homebrew. I also didn't have access to resources like this, so I decided that the mid 20's for gravity on the stout must be a good final gravity. After all it had been in primary 10 days already.

Bout a month later I hear a weird 'pop.....shhhhhhhhh' come from the closet in the bedroom where I stored my cases. It looked like 1 bottle had actually exploded, and it took out 4 more adjacent bottles. It was a frothy mess of shrapnel.

I chilled the remaining bottles, and started opening them. each one gushed a third of its contents out, totally suspended the yeast, and it just tasted bad. I bottled probably .010 points too soon, when I could've just swirled the bucket or pitched another sachet of yeast.

I've learned patience in the last 8 years and now my beers have all been well since my return in June.
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Old 09-30-2007, 11:56 PM   #7
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The only way to get bottle grenades is to:

1. Bottle too soon
2. Over prime
3. Combination of either of the above with excess warm temp conditioning...

Point being, if your brew has completed fermentation and you don't over prime then you have nothing to worry about. Of course, excessive temp while conditioning will result in gushers from over carbing they usually do not result in grenades.
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Old 10-01-2007, 12:00 AM   #8
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no bombs but i did have to vent my barleywine 4 times as the caps kept losing the indent from the capper.
hb99 is right - i had overprimed even though the recipe stated 1/2-2/3 cup, i went with 1 cup as my batch was a little bigger.
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Old 10-01-2007, 09:56 AM   #9
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Yes I did last June. Lost all but 12 bottles. Good thing I was conditioning them in a chest freezer. When I found the mess, I dropped the temp to 30F to stop the explosions. Since the bombs were the result of an infection, I opened the rest of the bottles in the tub.

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Old 10-01-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
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I had one single bottle break out of 150 beers I have bottled. I'm thinking maybe that bottle had a crack in it I didn't see.
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