Help! My Bottle of Soda's All Shaken Up: Preventing Coke Explosions
We've all been there. You're feeling a bit thirsty, and you head to the fridge to grab a soda. You pick up your drink but a little bit of condensation loosens your grip on the bottle or can, and it clatters to the floor. This is your worst-case soda pop scenario: you want your beverage, but if you open it up, it's going to spew suds all over the place. What can you do?
Well, it turns out, there's a lot! Here are some great tips to avoid soda exploding from the bottle or can you can use in your everyday life.
Dealing With Shaken Cans of Soda
There's a super-simple trick to keeping a soda can from exploding after it's been shook up. After you've dropped the can or rolled it down the stairs or whatever the heck you've done to thoroughly rile up your drink, here's an easy to remember tip.
Take your can of Coke or Pepsi or even beer and set it down on any flat surface the way you normally would. Just drum your fingers across the top for about 10 or 15 seconds and, BOOM! It's good. No suds, no explosions, no nothing. But how?
The carbonation that builds up into bubbles when soda is shaken will rush to the top and sides of the container holding it, just itching to get out. By tapping the top, you help break up and disperse these bubbles.
Do yourself a favor, though. Open it in front of the sink just in case, OK?
What to Do When Your Soda Bottle Is Shaken
Dealing with a shaken soda bottle is a little different from a can ready to blow. There's less area along the top to "tap" to remove the pressure you've built up. That's OK, though! There are other options that will work just as well.
First, go ahead and tap around the the sides near the top. Go all the way around the curved part near the top of the bottle just below where the cap is screwed. This probably won't be sufficient, though. There's too much area compared to a can to really remove the bubbles.
To make sure your soda bottle doesn't explode when you open it, just slowly, slowly, so, so slowly open the cap. Turn it a little crack, and you'll hear the hiss of gas escaping. You might even notice bubbles roiling below the surface. However, if you've opened it juuuuust enough, no liquid will be able to escape. After about 15 seconds, start to open up the bottle just a little bit more. Wait another 20 seconds, and then open the whole thing.
Usually, this'll be more than enough to keep the bottle from blowing soda all over your home. Once again, keep it safe and open the afflicted bottle over the kitchen sink though.