How to Avoid the Bottle Bomb when Bottling Your Homebrew

Once you’ve gotten through the successful boil and fermentation process and you’re ready to bottle your beer, another challenge faces you: avoiding the infamous “bottle bomb”!  It’s not an uncommon phenomenon for homebrewers, especially beginner homebrewers. We’re going to go over a few ways to avoid the bottle bomb when bottling your homebrew.

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Always use fresh ingredients for your homebrew

Exploding glass sounds dangerous. And it can be. Shards of glass covering your brew area is an accident waiting to happen, and if you’re in the room when the bottle explodes, then you could just be unfortunate enough to be caught in the line of fire. The first thing you have to do, is buy fresh malts and fresh yeast. Older products that have been sitting around will likely ferment slower, and can contribute to an exploding bottle.

Make sure your homebrew is done fermenting before you bottle it

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Make sure your brew finishes the fermentation process before you try to bottle your beer.

Patience is a virtue, and not all homebrewers have it. But, you must be patient, because prematurely bottling your homebrew may cause your bottles to explode. We know it’s hard, but you have to wait for your brew to complete the fermentation process. And you didn’t get into the homebrew business to spend your days cleaning beer and glass from the floor, walls and ceiling. Not allowing your homebrew to complete the fermentation process will cause extra CO2 pressure in your bottle as the beer continues to ferment. If you are brewing with malt extract, your beer will ferment slower than those who brew using fresh grains. When you brew, make sure you allow for the appropriate fermentation time. Usually a minimum of two weeks.

Store you beer in a cool, dark place

Just as you can cause your bottles to explode by cutting your fermentation period short, storing your bottled beer in sunlight can cause the beer to continue fermenting as well. Once you’ve bottled your beer, make sure you have enough space in a cool, dark place to avoid the bottles exploding.

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And enjoy!

At Castle Rock we know that your beer is only as good as it’s ingredients. But once you’ve brewed a successful batch of beer, you want the bottling equipment or draft system to be premium quality as well. For bottling and labeling of your homebrew, come to Castle Rock Homebrew Supply. And if we don’t have what you are looking for, let us know, we may be able to special order it for you.

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