Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > First bottle bomb
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 06-12-2008, 07:29 PM   #1
LadyGwen
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Providence RI
Posts: 16
Default First bottle bomb

*sigh.. I lost what it looks to be a 6 pack of brown ale.. I have glass and beer all over the pantry.. This was our second kit (second brew ever)

oh well...


LadyGwen is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
Aleforge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wentzville, Missouri
Posts: 1,356
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyGwen View Post
*sigh.. I lost what it looks to be a 6 pack of brown ale.. I have glass and beer all over the pantry.. This was our second kit (second brew ever)

oh well...
Pictures please!

On a serious note, as I am sure you already know you either over carbed or had an infection. Did you use a bottling bucket and measure out the correct amount of sugar for the CO2 level you were going for? And did you make sure to use a hydrometer and check multiple times at the end of primary to see if the yeasties were done?


__________________
PRIMARY - Irish Red
PRIMARY - Apple Bee Cider
PRIMARY - Dunkelweizen
PRIMARY - Orange Blossom Mead

"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Aleforge is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 07:42 PM   #3
LadyGwen
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Providence RI
Posts: 16
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Taipans View Post
Pictures please!

On a serious note, as I am sure you already know you either over carbed or had an infection. Did you use a bottling bucket and measure out the correct amount of sugar for the CO2 level you were going for? And did you make sure to use a hydrometer and check multiple times at the end of primary to see if the yeasties were done?
I used a trubrew kit, a bottling bucket, and the sugar was prepackaged in the kit
The ending gravity was 1.018 for a whole week before we bottled.. the OG was 1.046.

I forgot to take pics but I haven't finished cleaning up the mess in the basement yet *sigh
LadyGwen is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 07:52 PM   #4
Beerthoven
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Beerthoven's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 2,181
Liked 22 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Its also possible fermentation wasn't finished. 1.018 is a touch high IMO. I know you said it was stable for a week, but it can take longer than that for the brew to drop the last few point or two, and that's all it takes to make bottle bombs.

How long was it in primary and/or secondary before you bottled?
__________________

Primary/Secondary: #122 American Wheat
Kegged: #121 IPA
Planned: Smoked Cali Common
Beerthoven is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 07:53 PM   #5
Revvy
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Revvy's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,816
Liked 2883 Times on 1701 Posts
Likes Given: 3514

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beerthoven View Post
Its also possible fermentation wasn't finished. 1.018 is a touch high IMO. I know you said it was stable for a week, but it can take longer than that for the brew to drop the last few point or two, and that's all it takes to make bottle bombs.

How long was it in primary and/or secondary before you bottled?
I agree, 1.018 is out of my comfort range for bottling.
__________________
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew
Revvy is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 07:54 PM   #6
rabidgerbil
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
rabidgerbil's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Seattle, Washington
Posts: 1,016
Liked 39 Times on 39 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

It might also be that you did not mix the priming sugar well enough into the batch. If you find that some of the bottles are bombs, but others are under-carbonated, that would be the case.
__________________
Quote:
Originally Posted by bigjohnmilford
+1 don't argue with a rabid gerbil
rabidgerbil is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 08:13 PM   #7
LadyGwen
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Providence RI
Posts: 16
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Beerthoven View Post
Its also possible fermentation wasn't finished. 1.018 is a touch high IMO. I know you said it was stable for a week, but it can take longer than that for the brew to drop the last few point or two, and that's all it takes to make bottle bombs.

How long was it in primary and/or secondary before you bottled?

Maybe we should have waited another week... hmmm.

We had it in the primary for about 3 weeks.The obvious fermenting only lasted about a week..
LadyGwen is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 08:23 PM   #8
Aleforge
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Wentzville, Missouri
Posts: 1,356
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyGwen View Post
Maybe we should have waited another week... hmmm.

We had it in the primary for about 3 weeks.The obvious fermenting only lasted about a week..
This raises the hydrometer question, if they tested it 3 weeks in and the scale did not change across various readings one can only assume its done. But the FG does seem high, wonder if it just stalled out?
__________________
PRIMARY - Irish Red
PRIMARY - Apple Bee Cider
PRIMARY - Dunkelweizen
PRIMARY - Orange Blossom Mead

"A man is but the product of his thoughts. What he thinks, he becomes." -- Mahatma Gandhi
Aleforge is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 08:24 PM   #9
Beerthoven
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Beerthoven's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Cary, NC
Posts: 2,181
Liked 22 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Well, maybe it was done. The bottle bomb could have been caused by the reasons others have mentioned. Be careful with the rest of those bottles.

Congratulations, BTW, on using your hydrometer and not rushing your beer out of primary too soon. It sounds to me like you are doing that part right. That's pretty good for your second batch. My starter kit came with a hydrometer but I didn't start using it until my 7th or 8th batch.
__________________

Primary/Secondary: #122 American Wheat
Kegged: #121 IPA
Planned: Smoked Cali Common
Beerthoven is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 06-12-2008, 10:24 PM   #10
malkore
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
malkore's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 6,922
Liked 34 Times on 32 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by LadyGwen View Post
The ending gravity was 1.018 for a whole week before we bottled.. the OG was 1.046.
unfortunately that looks like a stalled fermentation. 1.018 is too high a FG for 1.046.

did you do a secondary? or did you primary and then bottle? You likely kicked up fermentation by racking for bottling, and then the added sugar didn't help matters.

get EVERY remaining bottle in the fridge NOW. get them cold, and then start opening bottles.


__________________
Malkore
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
malkore is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
1st Bottle bomb - more to come? iXanadu Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 11-30-2008 04:25 AM
Bottle Bomb Went Off Kevin Dean Bottling/Kegging 5 07-14-2008 05:53 PM
My first Bottle Bomb!! PeteOz77 Bottling/Kegging 10 06-02-2008 09:50 AM
Not quite a bottle bomb popscube Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 10 10-10-2007 04:10 PM
My First Bottle Bomb c.n.budz Bottling/Kegging 22 06-03-2007 04:51 PM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS