Gorgeous refreshing nettle and ginger beer stacked up in the workshop ready to drink but far too fizzy… oh damn the bottles are starting to explode. This is as dangerous as a bomb going off if you happen to be in the vicinity of the bottles. I recall a story by my in-laws whose ginger beer exploded and a piece of glass was wedged in 2 inches into the ceiling….
I'm desperate to save my nettle beer and have had Frank in full protective clothing trying to release some pressure…. Wearing his chain saw trousers on his arms and his strimming visor whilst defending himself behind a large piece of plywood he's been trying to gently push the grolsch type tops without opening them just to release a bit of gas…..
Did it work?? Well, not really as we opened two bottles and the geyser erupted to leave about an inch in the bottom of the bottle. Its absolutely delicious so I don't want to waste it but I also don't want to injure myself. Brewing is a dangerous business.
The moral of the story is …… patience is a virtue…… if I hadn't been so keen to bottle the nettle beer it wouldn't be so fizzy now… Should have left it for another couple of days – I only left it in the bucket to ferment for two days.
Oh well. I'm wondering if I can empty all bottles into a huge vat and start again…. Probably not possible. Entering the workshop now is becoming quite a worrying event….
Let's hope the elderflower isn't quite so excitable…..