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Old 06-11-2013, 04:39 AM   #1
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The weather here in Colorado has been quite hot the last few days and I've had 3 bombs go off in my beer closet. (No A/C in the house)
The batch that is bombing has been in the bottle for almost 4 weeks now. I have been drinking it pretty regularly every couple days and it's not over carbed and it doesn't have off flavors so I doubt it's an infection.
But maybe it is???

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Old 06-11-2013, 04:58 AM   #2
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Bottle bombs are usually a sign of a problem. Properly carbonated bottled beers don't usually explode.
If I we're you, I would seek a cool place for them. Gloves may come in handy.

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Old 06-11-2013, 05:25 AM   #3
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If storage temperature didn't get wild I wouldn't think that is the reason.
Maybe too much priming sugar..?
We are only 10,000 years into beer... there are thousands of years left to go!
Things are bound to change!!

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Fermentation chamber and Keezer.. a.k.a. FermKeezer

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:15 AM   #4
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New bottles or recylced? I have found that re-used bottles are not always as robust as the one I buy from the LHBS.

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Old 06-11-2013, 10:40 AM   #5
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The only bombs I have ever had were from a Bourbon Porter that was waaaay over carbed (I am guessing there was a bacteria on the soaked oak chips that didn't get zapped) and it kept fermenting in the bottle.

Heat didn't make 3 of my bombers explode, it was a pressure change from a storm.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:02 AM   #6
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Waltham, MA
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I've had a handful a bombs over the weekend on a Rochefort 8 clone I bottled on 5/1/13. I'm guessing it's the warmer weather we had in MA; mid 90s. The basement must have gotten a little too warm.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:06 AM   #7
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Never had a bottle bomb and IMO it is not a hot weather problem. Too much priming sugar, uneven mix, infection, or bottling before hitting FG. One (or more) of these is likely the problem.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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Not hot weather. I've accidentally left bottles in the car all day in SC summer heat. but then again I like mine lightly carbed. The only time it's happened to me was when I got an infection and when I stupidly put some beer in an Evan Williams bottle.

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Old 07-10-2013, 12:54 AM   #9
Feb 2008
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They keep blowing up. Chilling them won't help anything, right?

I guess I'm going to drinking them

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Old 07-10-2013, 01:40 AM   #10
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Chilling would help. If the beer taste fine drink it. Put the bottles in something tough with a lid.

I could see heat being a problem. If they were just on the verge. Maybe more if you bottled on a cool night.

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