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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-23-2005, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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DIY CO 2 bottles

Man have you guys tried using an Arizona Tea gallon container. I did an experiment and made a mixture and left it the the jug for a week now with no venting of the gases. It's wrapped in plastic bags, but still has not exploded. I even shake it every day. Plastic is pretty thick, and the tea tastes good.
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Im not sure why you would experiment this in a closed container, not something id like to experience. But that container should work just as well as any other just youll have to figure out the proper ratios.

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I did it to see how long I would have to neglect my bottles before an explosion to happen as a preventative measure.

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It's very possible that the bottle doesn't have a gas tight seal. Once the pressure reaches a certain point it causes a leak.

BTW, no plastic you could wrap around the bottle would contain the explosion of the bottle. Not unless you were measuring the thickness of the plastic wrap in inches.
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Sorry but an experiment like this seems stupid to do. Asking to either make a mess or worse, hurt yourself or someone else(Especially the shaking part). I really doubt the plastic would hold unless measured in inches like rex said.



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Appologies to all. Thanks for the replys, now I know just how powerful the bang must be. Did not think it would be that severe, but seems it would be dangerous with the succeeding posts warning of injury. I will be even, more attentive to my bootles contained indoors to lessen accidents. Has anyone had this happen, how long would pressure have to be backed up to cause an explosion? I put T valves with rubber caps on mine to help with possible back-pressure related accidents.

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This reminds me of the time when I was a young whipper-snapper and was told that an egg will explode in the microwave. So two of us young, energetic, scientists put the egg in a bowl and wrapped it really tight in plastice wrap. After one minute on high power, we said it was hagwash and then BOOM. There the two of us were... covered in egg parts. The plastic didn't hold and well neither did the microwave door. Man.. twenty years later my mom still holds a grudge on that one. At least it wasn't glass.

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As to how loud the explosion would be, In the army we used a variant gas cerating substance, A MRE heater and a 20 ounce pop bottle to simulate training grenades. It is loud and very messy espically with yest mix, but not that destructive. I would assume that most beverage containers polyester bottles are about the same thickness. It is usually the cap that fails.
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When I was a young wipper snapper we used to make 2 liter "bombs". We were quite the little chemists and would find chemical reactions that would cause a similar event to what would happen with the build up of CO2 from a yeast mix. With a 2 liter the bang was quite noticeable! It often drew the attention of the police! If you pay attention to the news you will see mail boxes often destroyed by these types of "bombs". VERY Dangerous!

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