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Bottle Bombs


Wendy Lin • New York, New York asks,

Recently we started bottling our homebrew in individual bottles (saved from microbrews we drink). We’ve had two or three bottles suddenly combust, as in the bottle explodes! They were not all from the same batch. Do you know what may cause this and what we can do to avoid this from happening in the future?

This question has a rather short, but important answer. Most breweries in the United States use “one-way” glass bottles for packaging. These bottles are lighter in weight compared to returnable bottles and are not intended
Response by Ashton Lewis.