I bottled my very first batch of beer two days ago, brewed using a 1-gallon kit and following the instructions from the vendor before I started reading more about homebrewing, so I'm sure there are a ton of things that could have gone wrong! When I started I didn't think I would buy a capper right away, and thought instead I would gather some swing-top bottles, plus I bought a few airtight rubber stoppers kind of like this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000V4NW96
. Then I ended up buying a capper anyway, and when I bottled, I used two 750 ml bottles with the rubber stoppers and put the rest in five 12-oz bottles with regular caps.
The next day I found one of the large bottles was only half full, without a stopper, and surrounded by a pool of beer. On the other large bottle the stopper had moved up about a centimeter. I cleaned up the mess and was debating whether I should leave the second large bottle alone or readjust the stopper. I decided to readjust. Mistake! I got to see a recreation of what happened to the other bottle in the middle of the night. Beer foam erupted everywhere till the bottle was a little less than half full. This was after only one night of being bottled. So I'm wondering...is there any hope for the remaining 12-oz bottles, which so far have not exploded? I will know soon enough, and I'm not getting my hopes up. I plan on opening them in a couple weeks, over a sink with my head turned away, hoping not to shoot anyone's eyes out with a flying bottle cap.
My other question is, of course, how do I avoid this in my next batch?? Here are a few things I think
might have gone wrong:
- It got pretty hot in my apartment the day I bottled.
- Maybe too much yeast from the beginning?
- I used honey for priming and maybe didn't stir it in enough...the big bottles were the first two I filled, so they may have gotten too much sugar from the bottom of the pot. I also did not heat the honey at all first; the directions didn't say to, but now I'm wondering if it could have contaminated the beer.
- It took me several, several frustrating tries to get a good siphon going. I kept having to refill the tube with water to restart the flow of beer. I was very careful about sanitizing all the equipment, but if anything became unsanitary, it might have happened at that point.
- Is there any reason not to use large bottles? Either way I'm not planning on using them again, but just wondering if that could have been a problem.
Any of your expert insight would be much appreciated! Thanks!