Mango Mama Growler incident

Discussion in 'Great Lakes' started by bitterbeerguy, Oct 31, 2013.

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  1. bitterbeerguy

    bitterbeerguy Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2011 Minnesota

    I was lucky enough to snag a growler of Mango Mama this year from TH (well I should say my fiancé was a rockstar and stood in line for me while I was at work).

    I work up this morning to find the growler had exploded in the fridge!! Mango Mama and glass all over.

    Anyone else have this happen? Maybe still fermenting when put in the growler?

    Growler was unopened, and stored in the fridge since release.
  2. DBijnagte

    DBijnagte Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2012 Minnesota

    Sounds like the assassination attempt was unsuccessful... Back to the drawing board.
  3. BrettHead

    BrettHead Initiate (0) Sep 18, 2010 Nebraska

    I'm thinking a glass defect. Bummer :slight_frown:
  4. MCImes

    MCImes Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2010 Connecticut

    *camera pans away from you dramatically as you fall to your knees and yell* WHY GOD?!? WHYYYY?!!!?

    Thats a double bummer; good beer gone and a sticky mess in its place.

    You could pull a homer simpson and slurp it off the fridge bottom, or rag it up and pass it through a coffee filter to remove the glass and still drink it...jk. That sucks.
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  5. cetherid

    cetherid Savant (1,069) Aug 23, 2010 Indiana

    I think glass defect as well......

    I had a growler explode in my fridge a few months ago....made a perfect punch-hole. 1 piece.

  6. maximum12

    maximum12 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,500) Jan 21, 2008 Minnesota
    Pooh-Bah Trader

    I am sorry for your loss.

    I'd bet on glass defect too. Of the dozens of Town Hall growlers I have drunk/traded, never had any problem with a growler. Sad face.
  7. cmannes

    cmannes Pundit (943) Mar 15, 2009 Minnesota

    Obviously you have angered the beer gods, and must repent!
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  8. dc55110

    dc55110 Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2010 Minnesota

    It sounds like they may be having similar issues to last years batch. I sent out two last year and both, while they didn't explode, had continued to produce carbonation on their journeys. When they were finally opened a week or less later, they both produced sky high geysers. Anything that was salvaged did not taste as it should have. I know of others who reported similar issues with the last years batch.
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  9. chewy08rx

    chewy08rx Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2006 Minnesota

    I guess I should plan on drinking mine tonight!
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  10. nogophers

    nogophers Initiate (0) Jun 28, 2011 Minnesota

    Reminds me of The Jerk. To paraphrase:

    Navin: "These growlers are defective - they're springing leaks! Come
    over here and look at this!"

    "He hates these growlers! Stay away from the growlers!"

    "There's growlers in there too!"
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  11. mnbuffalo

    mnbuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 26, 2012 Michigan

    I had a Psuedo Sue growler from Casanova blow up in my car last spring. Sucks and a mess!
  12. Steasy66

    Steasy66 Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 Minnesota

    Man, I came here looking for drama. I am disappoint.
  13. mjryan

    mjryan Maven (1,485) Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    Not sure why it exploded but I'd be willing to bet TH gives you another one if you tell them your story.
  14. theCoder

    theCoder Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota

    Bummer, I'd go with as previously said, defective glass. I had a growler from Fitgers blow the bottom out of it while on the floor in my kitchen as it had warmed up too much. WAs fine in my basement and fridge but while waiting to go in my cooler to hit the road, blew.

    Now I only use Stainless if possible, if not I drink it within 3 days. Fortunately where I usually go (Barley Johns) they'll fill anything I bring in which is usually my Stainless Brauler I got at Canal Park.
  15. OldJoe

    OldJoe Initiate (0) Apr 25, 2011 Iowa

    I'm weeping for your loss. One of my absolute favorites.

    Defective growler might be responsible to some extent....though from what I was told when I asked at TH, the fresh whole mangos are added directly to the keg. Since the beer is not filtered, there'd be a lot of sugar for the yeast to consume. Even at fridge temps, my guess is that the continued fermentation from either a) commercial yeast or b) wild yeast on the mango skins caused the pressure to build to such a level that you had a bottle bomb. Probably similar situation to what occurred with the growlers dc sent out. I would drink any growlers of Mango Mama pretty quick after receiving....better fresher anyway, IMO.
  16. knelson

    knelson Initiate (0) Nov 23, 2010 Wisconsin

    Defective glass. When glass containers are produced in mass quantities its inevitable that some will have weak spots. Add in a pressurized liquid and its like Russian Roulette....tasty tasty Russian Roulette.
  17. EliSpitzner

    EliSpitzner Initiate (0) Oct 18, 2012 Minnesota

    My mango mama just blew up in a box while I was waiting to ship it. It was packed and ready to go and I noticed the bottom of the box was wet sure as shit mango mama growler in a hundred pieces
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  18. feloniousmonk

    feloniousmonk Grand Pooh-Bah (3,435) Nov 14, 2002 Minnesota

    sadness. I've had hundreds of growlers from TH and never had a problem.
  19. scruggin

    scruggin Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2008 Minnesota

    Lost about 1/4 of mine to foam today when I opened it.
  20. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    How do they comply with the law? Do they put a Barley John's sticker on it?
  21. PieOhMy

    PieOhMy Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2013 Minnesota

    Mmmmm. Growler of Town Hall Russian Roulette.
  22. theCoder

    theCoder Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota

    Yes, they will as will Canal Park where I bought the brauler (they'll fill any one, just have to seal it and put a sticker wher eit was bought and what's in it). I have heard "the law" stated many different ways and it comes down to what it seems, breweries just want you to buy their glass.
  23. DaveAnderson

    DaveAnderson Initiate (0) Jan 11, 2011 Minnesota

    That's an oversimplification. Many breweries will buy back the glass at full deposit price. HammerHeart is one local example. I'm fairly certain Town Hall will, also.
  24. Yulles

    Yulles Initiate (0) Apr 12, 2009 Minnesota

    Many breweries counter pressure fill their growlers and so when you bring back your glass they give you a new one. It doesn't make sense for town hall to sell their beer in a fitgers growler. It isn't just about the law or making money. There are many factors that go into it. Pretty sure both of the places you mentioned fill straight from the tap, making filling any growler a lot easier.
  25. herman77

    herman77 Maven (1,486) Jan 24, 2010 Minnesota

    I think a lot of it is that breweries want to know for sure you have a clean growler and that is why most places allow you to only use ones with their name on it. They know it will be clean and free of defects.
  26. theCoder

    theCoder Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota

    Yes you are correct. I don't mind places that do that if I lived nearer to them just cause I do love me counterpressure filled ones. Then I'm not forced to drink em in a week.
  27. theCoder

    theCoder Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota

    Also an issue obviously, fortunately me being a homebrewer almost always have a bucket of fresh sanitizer to keep my stuff clean and ready to go :slight_smile:.
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