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Old April 10th, 2006, 04:34 PM   #1
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Today I would go to get a beer bottle out of our coolers and the bottoms would explode out of them... Any ideas why this happens??? they told me it was my job to find out... I was thinking maybe the cooler was to cold but it has been at the same temp for months so I don't know why they would start now..
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Old April 10th, 2006, 04:37 PM   #2
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I dunno... just drink them faster...
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Old April 10th, 2006, 04:43 PM   #3
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Flaw in the bottle, usually happens at the bottom to side seam... Sounds like you just got a bad batch.

What's fun is when you're helping bottle at a microbrewery... The bottling machine pressurizes the bottles so that the beer does not foam when it fills... One of the bottles was bad (this is why there's a shield that comes down), it exploded into a billion pieces; largest one was less than the size of a dime, little shards stuck in the plexiglass shield, it was one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my life...

But yeah, flaw is almost always at the bottom seam, that's why if you hit a bottle right, you can pop the bottom off fairly cleanly against the edge of a table or something, or a little harder, and you get those jagged edges without shattering the bottle for a nice bout of beer hall swordfighting.
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Old April 10th, 2006, 04:48 PM   #4
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yeah but it wasn't just one between the bud lite and miller lite I think I went though 10 bottles or so.. it's not the first time it has happened the past 3 it's been pretty interesting.
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cold glass on hot surface = broke.
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could be that the bottles are hitting each other in the correct manner to blow the bottom out of them. I have done this with open bottles of beer. Smack the opening with your palm and the pressure blows out the bottom. Maybe it is the beers way of saying hey you guys are lame, drink me or give me away.
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could be that the bottles are hitting each other in the correct manner to blow the bottom out of them. I have done this with open bottles of beer. Smack the opening with your palm and the pressure blows out the bottom. Maybe it is the beers way of saying hey you guys are lame, drink me or give me away.
You do that when it's full?
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could be that the bottles are hitting each other in the correct manner to blow the bottom out of them. I have done this with open bottles of beer. Smack the opening with your palm and the pressure blows out the bottom. Maybe it is the beers way of saying hey you guys are lame, drink me or give me away.
i don't know i am giong to go in tomorrow and watch what the servers and i do when the bottles break.. beer bottles are to sensitive. i am giving them to the people to drink.. i wonder if where i set them is hot from the plates never thought about what kelly said have to figure it out... i hate dealing with beer at least the keg didn't leak again today i give away beer to customers all the time the beer should be happy not breaking or leaking all over the place..
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You do that when it's full?
I never tried to a full bottle. Always had a sip or 2 gone.
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another explanation is that there was a little bit of yeast and sugar left over from the distilling process. The yeast would feed on the sugar, creating carbon dioxide, this carbon dioxide would build up pressure inside the bottle and after to much pressure has built up it would need to excape. Since the top is sealed air tight with a cap, it causes the bottom or sides to break.
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yeah but it wasn't just one between the bud lite and miller lite I think I went though 10 bottles or so..

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either to much pressure, poor quality of glass, or they're getting handled to rough. Are they getting dropped into the cooler and then maybe having more dropped on top of them?
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if the botttom breaks out quickly unscrew the cap and bong the beer, no beer wasted
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Hmm, pool party here last summer I was amazed. Half full beer bottle thrown from the pool 20 yards glanced off the barn roof, on the way down smacked the brick wall of the house, and landed on the black top. Not a single crack.

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yeah, for the most part beer bottles are pretty stong, unless you are doig the blow out the bottom trick. I've throughly abused many a beer bottles and not have them break.

I would have to say there is somthing wrong afoot where they are being handled and stored and served, something that is not the beer bottles quality at fault.


Such as bottles of beer that are bellow 32 degrees under pressure and there fore will not freeze, untill they depresurize when you open them up causing an instant freeze from top down, then resulting in the bottles popping off. You all have opened a beer to find that it instantly froze on you.

Also the ice cold bottles might be getting set on a hot surface, like under heat lamps or somthing, that could be causing it.
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yup shity beer shitty bottle. good thang they are breaking to save someone from having to drink it
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Never blown the bottom off... but when I am in the barn I melt holes in them with the torch.
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