Too Many Bubbles

Remember my swing-top pale ale? I took some glamour shots of it last night with my fancy new camera. And now, about twelve hours later, one of them is bubbling. A lot.

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I bottled these on Monday. They shouldn’t be bubbling like this ever, let alone after five days. I’m heartened by the fact that it’s only the one bottle and not all of them (I have about thirty). Only two of the bottles are swing-top, and I know that I filled those two first. My best guess is that this one was first of all, and it got a little too much trub from the bottom of the fermenter. That trub contained a lot of yeast, and those yeasts are having a field day. That’s what I’m guessing. Because really I have no idea.

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Conveniently, this is a swing-top bottle, so I just opened up the top to relieve some pressure. This brought up a whole lot more bubbles. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid of this thing and what it means. Are more of these bottles ticking away? What would have happened if I’d taken this down the basement right after its glamour shot? (It would have exploded, that’s what!)

So what’s the plan? I’ve put the delinquent bottle in the fridge to slow it down. I discovered it at 11am, not a time I usually drink a liter of beer, but I’ll try it tonight and see how it is.

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And I guess I’ll do a more thorough inspection of the other bottles and hope for the best. Maybe store them wrapped in bubble wrap. Or outside.

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2 thoughts on “Too Many Bubbles

  1. Question what was the verdict? I always hated bottling. It was all the cleaning for me. I could spend a couple of hours cleaning bottles. I got lucky never had any bottle bombs ,but had a few bad beers in those bottles.

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    • No solid verdict yet. I did use that bottle for my next batch and found yet more bubbles, meaning it’s probably not the beer’s fault after all. (Sorry, beer!)

      My guess is there’s a slight leak in the gasket.

      I’ve never had bottle bombs either, but I do keep all the bottles in the basement, preferably shut away in coolers and buckets for damage control!

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