Bottle Bombs? - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Bottle Bombs?

Thread Tools
Old 09-30-2007, 01:48 PM   #1
Apr 2007
Philadelphia, PA
Posts: 109

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?

Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2007, 02:13 PM   #2
talleymonster's Avatar
Dec 2005
Posts: 2,142
Liked 22 Times on 12 Posts

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!

Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2007, 03:24 PM   #3
jpuf's Avatar
Oct 2005
Milwaukee, WI
Posts: 285

Nice avatar!
On tap: Porter
In process: Mead, Apfelwein
On deck: Holiday something?

Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2007, 03:45 PM   #4
talleymonster's Avatar
Dec 2005
Posts: 2,142
Liked 22 Times on 12 Posts

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!

Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2007, 03:53 PM   #5
I love making Beer
Nurmey's Avatar
Jul 2007
Omaha, NE
Posts: 3,983
Liked 31 Times on 27 Posts

I"ve never had a bottle bomb (knock on wood) so I can't answer this but

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

Of course in Las Vegas seeing that on the street wouldn't cause much of a stir
Batch 1 Brewing
The American Revolution would never have happened with gun control.

Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2007, 04:38 PM   #6
malkore's Avatar
Jun 2007
Posts: 6,922
Liked 37 Times on 35 Posts

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.
Primary: English Mild
On tap: Pale Ale, Lancelot's Wheat, English Brown Ale, Steam Beer, HoovNuts IPA
Bottled: MOAM, Braggot, Raspberry Melomel, Merlot, Apfelwein, Pyment, Sweet mead, Cabernet
Gal in 2009: 27, Gal in 2010: 34, Gal in 2011: 13, Gal in 2012: 10

Reply With Quote
Old 09-30-2007, 11:56 PM   #7
homebrewer_99's Avatar
Feb 2005
Atkinson (near the Quad Cities), IL
Posts: 17,796
Liked 136 Times on 102 Posts

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.
HB Bill

Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 12:00 AM   #8
beer -just brew it
rod's Avatar
Dec 2005
Posts: 1,216
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts

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.
simplified signature:
beer, wine, cheese in various stages of production

Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 09:56 AM   #9
Jun 2005
Surprise, AZ.
Posts: 1,488
Liked 5 Times on 4 Posts

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.

On Tap -
  1. 3 year old Oak Aged Bourbon Porter
  2. Irish Red Rye
  3. Robust Porter
  4. Russian Imperial Stout
  5. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Citra
  6. Mirror Pond Clone dry hopped with Centennial
Primary - Nada
Secondary -
From man's sweat and God's love, beer came into the world. -- Saint Arnoldus

Reply With Quote
Old 10-01-2007, 12:27 PM   #10
Aug 2007
Posts: 143

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.
Primary #1 Panty Dropper Cider
Primary #2 Honey Brown Ale
Primary #3 Scottish Ale
Secondary #1 Empty
Secondary #2 Panty Dropper Cider
Secondary #3 Empty
Secondary #4 Empty
Bottled European Ale, Corona Clone, Raspberry White Zinfandel, Old English 800 Clone
Drinking Double IPA
More Double IPA it was great!

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
What do you do when you have bottle bombs? Woops Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 16 01-27-2013 02:44 AM
Bottle bombs bsruther Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 7 04-08-2009 12:04 AM
UH OH Possible Bottle Bombs ? cpz28 Bottling/Kegging 5 08-20-2008 11:01 PM
Bottle Bombs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Cheeto General Beer Discussion 20 02-01-2008 09:55 PM
Bottle Bombs!!?? nanoBrewer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 4 09-07-2006 02:35 AM

Forum Jump