I brewed the Surly Bender kit from NB back in May. Not my first partial mash so I though I was ok, followed instructions well, but when I returned from vacation a week ago I found many of my bottles I left conditioning in a 70 degree room had blown up! When I tried to salvage some others in a storeroom sink, I went to clean up the mess and these ones started popping. One in the sink sounded like a gunshot. I uncapped the rest and beer sprayed out of each…
So it was mid May, I brewed and after 48 hours had no bubbles in the carb so I went and bought the same yeast from a homebrew shop and re-pitched. This time it bubbled good and strong. Left that in the bucket for probably 3 weeks and then siphoned to secondary carboy leaving lots of trub. Beer lives on in the carboy at least 2 more weeks before I bottle with 2 cups water and 5oz priming sugar solution. Bottling goes fine. So off they go to condition and nothing happens until this week when I find them blown apart. I had to toss the whole batch.
Was the problem too much priming sugar? Was it I never should have re-pitched since I might have had fermentation and didn’t know it? Could my bucket lid be compromised and thus no bubbles? Help. I’d like to make this kit again but cant do it wrong, again.