I've just been through an agonizing experience. Yes, of
course it was bottling, but it was worse than usual.
I just put 5 gallons of my version of Theakston's Old Peculiar
"Darwin's Old Phyllogeny" into 12 oz bottles. I should have
known it was going to be a bad evening when my bottling
wand started up with a *** leak. I *think* I got more beer
in the bottles than on the floor, but I'm not sure.
I had carefully saved up several Theakston's bottles for
this occasion, but filled out my six packs with a couple
of other English bottles of similar size. Well, everything
went fine until I got to a Mackeson bottle. I capped it
and went for the next bottle and heard a funny grinding
noise. I looked, and lo', the top of the neck of the
Mackeson bottle had broken off in the capper! I tried to
fish it out, said "F--- it!" and grabbed by old scissor
capper. Ten bottles later I came to a Young's Ramrod
bottle. Same thing. There I was, dancing around the
kitchen, yanking open drawers, screaming and yelling,
looking for some way to get the cap and neck pryed out
of the capper.
Has anyone else experienced this horror with English
bottles? Are there certain brands to beware of or was
it just a coincidence that these two were the culprits?
As a final note, this brew tasted most excellent after the
primary, and even better, if a little too toasty for
"OP", at bottling. If it's any good after a couple of
weeks in the bottle I'll post the recipe.
"Quis dolor cui dolium?"
Well, right now I'm going to "Carpe dolium", I can assure you!