Hi i'm wondering if anyone can help me...
I am experiencing a couple of bottles exploding (am getting quite hot temps in Aussie summer). I checked the SG reading before bottling and it was fine and i was very careful not over-carbonating etc. What could be the cause?
Also, if i am pickign up these bottles - are they more volatile during the hot days? Are they ok to move around if some of the bottles have exploded - not wanting it to happen when i'm moving them to the fridge!
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
Yes, move them to the fridge right away.
The only time I ever experienced exploding bottles was when I made root beer. Glass all over the place.
I worried about those bottles exploding as I handled them as well as inside the fridge.
Here's what I did...if you have the room take a milk crate (one without the inside walls/bottle seperators) and line it with a sheet of plastic or nylon tarp to form a large cup. Leave enough plastic around the edge to cover the tops of the bottles also. You don't want glass flying up to the ceiling of the fridge either.
Should something blow up then it will (hopefully) stay contained in the crate versus inside the fridge. (MUCH easier clean up.)
Janx gave you some good info to wait until the fermentation is complete (his wait and then wait longer input).
But I find it strange/funny that with all his experience that he would recommend something like that but not recommend using a hydrometer.
If you used a hydrometer and took your OG and FG then you would know EXACTLY what the gravity was before you bottled.
I'm not flaming you Janx, just questioning your logic/hydrometer phobia.
With your experience I am certain that this process works well for you, but I worry about the new brewers lack of experience and apprehension when trying something new.
I know I read my "Joy Of Homebrewing" and other brewing books for a month before I had enough courage to start my first brew. And even then I called my son-in-law (the chemist) to come over and "hold my hand" (guiding me through the process step by step) the first time I brewed. Hell, within 3 months I was brewing lightyears ahead of him.