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The Internet Kitchen: The Beer Fights Back

by Nick

A few nights ago, Betsy and I awoke to what sounds like a gun shot in our living room. After peeling Tipsy, the cat, off of the ceiling we ventured out from our bedroom, almost certain to find a masked robber in our house.

We tiptoed out only to find… nothing. No broken windows or thieves.

After spending a few seconds in the living room, we both started to notice that it smelled distinctly like a frat house. Then it dawned on us.

THE BEER.

Yep. That’s right. The beer that I bottled a few weeks ago was exploding. And I’m not talking, like, blow the cap off. I’m talking exploding bottles of glass shrapnel. It was pretty scary and also disappointing because I had to go all Hurt Locker on my beer and disarm them all by opening them. Don’t worry. I wore my racquetball glasses while doing it!

It’s a good thing I did too because a lot of them would’ve exploded. As you can see from the photo I took at midnight, when I opened the bottles they erupted like volcanoes.

I’m not positive what went wrong, but I probably mis-measured my priming sugar which is what carbonates the bottles. Oh well. Better luck next time!

How about a poll for the week?

And a few links, three of which happen to be delicious sandwiches!

Piquant Pulled Pork – This is actually a review of the Sriracha Cookbook. That’s right. An entire book devoted to one of the best sauces ever made. If all the recipes are like this one, I’m sold. (@ Matt Bites)

Indian Smokehouse Burger – Somebody needs to make this food truck happen! I know that Indian food doesn’t traditionally involve beef, but I’ll let it slide. Also, the comments in this post are pretty funny. (@ TFIMB)

Thai Chicken Sandwiches – I’m always a fan of a good sandwich if didn’t notice by my links this week. This is just a really original recipe that sounds delicious to me. (@ Healthy Delicious)

Cherry Coke Cupcakes – And for a complete change from the sandwich theme, here are some cupcakes! I’ve cooked with coke a few times, always with pretty solid success actually. I’ve never thought to put it in a cupcake! Very cool idea and awesome looking cupcakes. (@ Cupcake Project)

Have a great weekend everyone! I’ll be getting my garden ready for some planting!

 

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11 comments on “The Internet Kitchen: The Beer Fights Back

  1. I have a feeling bleu or goat will win. I cant get those here in Ecuador. Do something with ricotta!! (or cheddar or parmesan)

    1. Goat first, bleu second. Can I pick em, or what?? Now if only I could pick a final four (bout to lose Kansas, my last remaining team!! Ughh!).

  2. I'm glad you (& Betsy & Tipsy) weren't injured by exploding bottles. Justin had a store-bought beer explode on him once. He had been reading the label, meaning the bottle was at eye level, and had just brought it down when it exploded. Cut his leg nicely. Turned out the brewery was having SERIOUS problems with their beers exploding. In one beer store in Michigan they began exploding (it's caught on video), took out the lights in the ceiling and then when a store clerk noticed and carried them off to the back, they exploded on him. Took out a sizeable chunk of his cheek and cut nerves in his arm.
    So .. VERY glad to hear your clean up went better!!!
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  3. Chances are you bottled before fermentation was complete, and the beer continued to ferment in the bottle. It's possible you just added too much priming sugar too. If possible, gradually raise the temperature towards the end of fermentation to encourage the yeast to finish eating, and watch the airlock, waiting till the bubbles are 2 minutes apart before you bottle. Then, use a priming sugar calculator, which you can find online, to figure out how much sugar to use. It can vary quite a bit based on how much beer you actually wind up with, and the temperature of fermentation.

  4. Very sorry to hear about the beer! It is always a tragedy to loose a homebrew, especially a whole batch. While I've never had bottles explode, I did have an airlock blast off during fermentation, causing a geyser-like water (beer) show all over my old basement apartment. It was a mess.

    Glad you are ok!

  5. Whoa! Sorry about the beer loss, but glad you weren't robbed! My husband (who's bottled beer before) says another possible error is that you might not have allowed it ferment long enough. He says you need a hydrometer to measure its specific gravity before you cap the bottles. And you need to know the starting gravity, and ending gravity, to know whether it fermented long enough. This also affects how much sugar is in your beer, when you cap it.

  6. I made ginger beer recently, and we lost two bottles to explosions. I had the bottles stored in my tupperware cupboard, because the recipe called for it to be stored in a warm, dark place. The first one popped and I had to wash everything, and then the second one popped two days later. The first washing was no fun, but the second one just seemed spiteful.
    My recent post A Show Stopping Birthday Cake

  7. I made ginger beer recently, and we lost two bottles to explosions. I had the bottles stored in my tupperware cupboard, because the recipe called for it to be stored in a warm, dark place. The first one popped and I had to wash everything, and then the second one popped two days later. The first washing was no fun, but the second one just seemed spiteful.
    My recent post A Show Stopping Birthday Cake

  8. Aw man! Sucks about losing the beer. I can imagine Betsy coming down the stairs in pijamas with a baseball bat ready to fend off any burglars…

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