Can beer explode when left in the freezer?


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Deaf Spacker

I was told by my Dad last night that if a bottle of beer is left in the freezer it will explode, he described a bottle of beer in the freezer as being a bomb. Is this true?

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golazo

any1 willing to try lol

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Deaf Spacker

I would love to but the risk of destroying my parents freezer is too great

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Dazzla

It doesn't explode exactly, but the glass will smash and the frozen beer will keep expanding for what seems like eternity :p I left a couple of bottles in the freezer a few weeks ago and it wasn't a pleasant sight, stinks as well. If the bottle doesn't smash but the beer is frozen, take the bottle out, take the top off and watch the beer continiuosly come out of the top forever :D

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+John Teacake

No it doesnt but if its left in heat thats a different matter. All that will happen if u put it in the freezer is it will expand and then maybe the bottle will crack.

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Osiris

Nah mate, it makes it pretty wide ranging explosive device. Terrorists are now getting drunk and stashing beer in freezers all across the middle east. The results have been devastating...

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Deaf Spacker
Nah mate, it makes it pretty wide ranging explosive device. Terrorists are now getting drunk and stashing beer in freezers all across the middle east. The results have been devastating...

LMAO :D

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golazo
LMAO :D

LOL!!

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Deaf Spacker

How long could I leave a bottle of beer in the freezer before it starts expanding?

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Dazzla

Just when it starts getting frozen :p It won't explode everywhere, you don't have to worry about that, the glass will just crack. Try it...

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vincent

it wont because its not carbonated

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Dazzla

It'll expand to the point of the glass smashing open, if you were a drama queen you could say that's an explosion ;)

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Deaf Spacker

Well i guess my dad is a drama queen :p

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Jelly2003
it wont because its not carbonated

I'm pretty sure its carbonated, how else would it be fizzy?

I remember as a kid dropping a 6 pack of beer on the ground, none broke, then I went to pick them up and 2 exploded. They were twist tops though.

Depends on what kind of lid is on the bottle I think,

* I think that non twist top bottles could explode (but most likely the glass would crack, but not explode), because the lid if not designed to pop off.

* I reckon that the lids would pop off non-twist-top bottles, and beer would pour all over the freezer. (I know people who hit non-twist bottles on walls top open them, because the pressure makes the lid pop off).

Why dont you go try it and tell us what happens?

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Vannos

I pretty sure all liquids expand when they are frozen (not sure though, im not a chemist). You could fill a beer bottle with water, cap it, and it would do the same, expand and crack the bottle...

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insanekiwi

well uhm, the bootle contains a sparkling liquid. liquids expand about 10%+ if they freeze. the bottle won't explode tho, it'll make plop and break into pieces.

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Vannos

Oh ya, forgot where i was going with that. Anyway, after you have a cracked beer bottle of water, you can blaim it on someone else and tell them to buy you some more real beer. When you acuise them of doing it though, they may explode at you...

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Matt

brits drinking cold beer? thats unheard of. :D jk

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Deaf Spacker

I might try this... Parents are out for most of the day :D

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Jelly2003
brits drinking cold beer? thats unheard of. :D jk

Exactly, whats going on here? We need people living up to their stereotypes.

Poms drink warm, flat beer. End of story.

* me opens another can of Fosters *

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FaRSightxc2
brits drinking cold beer? thats unheard of. :D jk

Ha ha, we drink 'beer' warm, not 'larger'. Larger is much nicer cold :p

It depends on your definition of 'beer', really. For me: ale/bitter etc = beer, not larger.

:)

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Deaf Spacker

I dont conform to the british stereotype :D

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Weasel

Here's the technical explaination:

Taking water for an example, its density is exactly 1. However the density of ice is around 0.8 because of air bubbles that get trapped during the freezing process. Lets say you put this liquid in a closed system (such as a beer bottle). Everyone knows density is weight / volume. Since the weight remains constant (you aren't adding or subtracting anything from the closed beer bottle) that means you must change volume in order to decrease density. Since volume is on the bottom of the divisor it has an inverse relationship. That means you must increase volume to decrease density during the freezing process. We know that a beer bottle can only hold so much volume of liquid, so when that volume starts increasing its going to put pressure on the glass. This is about when it cracks and makes a mess.

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iverson0881
Here's the technical explaination:

Taking water for an example, its density is exactly 1. However the density of ice is around 0.8 because of air bubbles that get trapped during the freezing process. Lets say you put this liquid in a closed system (such as a beer bottle). Everyone knows density is weight / volume. Since the weight remains constant (you aren't adding or subtracting anything from the closed beer bottle) that means you must change volume in order to decrease density. Since volume is on the bottom of the divisor it has an inverse relationship. That means you must increase volume to decrease density during the freezing process. We know that a beer bottle can only hold so much volume of liquid, so when that volume starts increasing its going to put pressure on the glass. This is about when it cracks and makes a mess.

and we have a winnar

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