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The "bottles" were actually "wine-skins." An old wineskin would retain the yeast organisms which produce fermentation. Thus the fresh new wine, recently squeezed from the grape harvest into old wineskins would soon start fermenting. The gas produced could generate sufficient pressure to cause the wineskins to burst.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8