Don’t try this at home. Seriously.
After reading an excellent blog on pasteurizing cider in a bottle I decided to give it a try. My cider is over-carbonated, it had fermented in the bottle for a full two weeks. As an experiment I thought I could risk it. I donned my welder’s jacket and gloves, a face shield and even wore shoes inside (a big no-no in our house). I used L’s big stock pot and gingerly placed bottles inside and quickly got the lid on. After a few minutes, I thought it might work. Then the first two explosions startled us. I had expected two of the bottles to go, but held out hope that the stouter ones could take it. POP! FIZZ! It knocked the lid off and foamy cider hit the range hood.
I had now clearly signed up for post-Thanksgiving stove clean up.
When the Cider Apocalypse was done one bottle had completely shattered, the others had popped their tops but to my surprise one bottle remained. I suited up and gingerly took it outside. Cider grenades are dangerous.
Yes I will try this again, but only after a week of secondary fermentation. Thank goodness for that tough stock pot.
Back to cleaning the stove…