It’s not what you think…it was the primary fermenter (not a bottle).
Yesterday afternoon, I carefully and lovingly produced a high OG Belgian Style Ale. After pitching the yeast and giving it a few good stirs, I put the cover on my fermenter. I then installed the air lock and placed the fermenter in my lagering chamber for temperature control.
I vaguely remember hearing a bang in the middle of last night – but I didn’t think anything of it and went back to sleep.
This morning, I looked inside the chest freezer to check on my airlock. To my amazement, the top of the primary fermenter had blown all the way off. The interior of the freezer was covered with hops and wart residue (resembled vomit or Indian food). It would have been a fun explosion to watch - I wish I would have been there.
I think I know what happened - but I’d be interested in your input. It looks like the suds on the top of the wart expanded right up to the top of the interior of the fermenter. It appears that hops and residue from the wart clogged the air-holes on the air lock. The pressure from the CO2 grew until the top exploded off of the fermenter. That’s my best theory.
So I may be crazy - but I cleaned and sanitized all the equipment today. I did my best to not touch the wart. I put the lid back on the fermenter and installed the airlock again.
I know that the wart may have been contaminated. It was exposed to the air on the inside of the lagering chamber for several hours. But I spent a lot of time and money putting it together. It seems like a waste to just through it out because of this set back. Even though I may end up with a strange final product, I’m going to keep going with it. I will let you know what happens.