I'm in the bottling phase with my first batch of beer. Came home last night and one of the bottles had exploded.
The beer spent 7 days in the primary fermenter and hit the target gravity per the kit. Then 2 1/2 weeks in the secondary.
When I transferred to the primary fermenter, I poured the liquid back and forth like the kit suggested and it resulted in a lot of foam so it was hard to tell how much water I needed to top off the batch with. By the end of the process I ended up with only 4 gallons instead of 5.
Reading here I think the issue was too much priming sugar (I used what came with the kit which was meant for 5 gallons) combined with storing them in a place that was a bit too warm.. The door to the room I was storing in got shut and furnace warmed it up more than I thought (72+ degrees).
I moved them to the fridge. Was that the right thing to do? If so, how long should I leave them in there before drinking? They were only in the bottles for 5 days before one burst.