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Mo

Exploding Elderflower Cordial

One of my bottles (plastic) blew up yesterday.
Trouble was, it took a small fluorescent tube with it. Quite a bang.
I hit the deck - I'm not good with explosions or sudden gunfire from past experiences - and the poor dog buried herself under the cushions on the sofa.

I've checked the remaining bottles but only got a small 'phsss' when I unscrewed each. I can only think that the exploding bottle was the last one I did and possibly had more sugar in it?

I've just decided that I want to make my own soap...Steve's comment?
"You'll be making bath bombs then?"
Gareth

Welcome to my world    
bodger

Thank goodness it was in plastic.

Many years ago I made some beer up from a kit and it was so horrible that I left it alone and forgot about it. Months later, on a couple of occasions I thought that someone was winding me up by throwing stones onto the tin barn roof as I walked past. It was infact the bottles exploding inside the barn and the noise was the glass shards hitting the underside of the tin roof.

I had to do a bit of bomb disposal before anyone was hurt, so I used a 12 foot beach casting rod with bailer twine running through the eyes and a loop on the end. One by one and very gingerly, I had to move the exploding bottles to somewhere safe, where we were could diffuse them by throwing stones at the bottles so that they broke. I think that the army would  have called it a controlled explosion.
Mo

Mmm... but the fluorescent wasn't, and the bottle was on a kitchen worktop. Glass everywhere, and then or course because I cleaned that up, everything else looked mucky so the one bottle caused me much housework  

I love your Bomb Disposal technique though. Flying glass like that's not funny though is it?
Must have been powerful stuff, pity it exploded..  
bodger

As I recall, it was ORRIBLE. It must have been under quite a bit of pressure because when you opened the bottle  you only got a drop or two in your glass and the rest of it quite literally hit the ceiling. Thats why I'd tucked it to one side and forgot about it.
Gareth

somewhere about, I have a photo of last years exploded bottle of Elderflower Champagne ......  I'll see if I can find it
Gareth

Here you go Mo .... .... .... this why Lois will now only let me brew Elderflower Champagne and Ginger beer in a pressure keg.



I have to admit that Lois has made the correct choice, because now I can brew in 25 litre batches and not worry about whether I have enough empty pop bottles. With the keg pressurising and having a tap on the side it is very convenient  when you want to draw a glass or three off, and as it also has a built in pressure release valve we will not experience explosions again.
Mo


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