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Old 11-18-2008, 01:53 AM   #1
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I'm know the jury is still out for a few people regarding putting your brew in growler's, but here is my "experience" with it.

I actually heard one of them going off. At first I was thinking my neighbor was in my beer fridge again...When, when I open up the door and could smell the beer, I knew something was wrong.

Needless to say, I'm going to be picking up some kegs very soon..



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Old 11-18-2008, 02:10 AM   #2
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ANd this is why we say NOT to do it....

I vote for stickyhood for this thread...

Sorry about the beer loss though!

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:11 AM   #3
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Did you open the caps on the growlers that were right next to that one?

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:24 AM   #4
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haha...I love your subject line....exploding growlers....sounds like a really bad #2.

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:38 AM   #5
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I dont think those are made to hold pressure. If it didn't originally hold a carbonated beverage, dont bottle beer in it.

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:42 AM   #6
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i have just accumulated a bunch of growlers and wine jugs i was going to use so i am bummed to hear this. i have to think though, if growlers hold the pressure from carbonated beer you get off the tap at a micro brew pub, i should at least be able to force carbonate in a keg and use the bmbf for long term aging right? ( i have special growler caps from the lhbs that can hold a seal)

also, if natural carbed properly with the right amount of priming sugar, shouldnt growlers hold a normal amount of pressure?

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Old 11-18-2008, 02:56 AM   #7
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i have just accumulated a bunch of growlers and wine jugs i was going to use so i am bummed to hear this. i have to think though, if growlers hold the pressure from carbonated beer you get off the tap at a micro brew pub, i should at least be able to force carbonate in a keg and use the bmbf for long term aging right? ( i have special growler caps from the lhbs that can hold a seal)

also, if natural carbed properly with the right amount of priming sugar, shouldnt growlers hold a normal amount of pressure?
So the growlers i have are extra thick brown glass. Those "growlers" in the OP's pics look like apple juice gallon bottles. They do not look that thick and are probably not proper for carbonation. However, if you bought a growler from a store or pub with beer, they should be fine to use.
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Old 11-18-2008, 03:33 AM   #8
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growlers have to be able to hold some level of carbonation, though, right? I mean if you take a growler to a brew pub and have it filled, it will have to deal with a limited amount of pressure, right?

I know it's probably nothing like trying to carbonate in a growler, but where would one draw the line? Could you use a beer gun from a keg to growler if it wasn't going to stay in the growler for too long?

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Sure, you could take a growler and get it filled without a problem. Bottle conditioning a beer is a different matter. Active fermentation is occuring in this instance, i doubt much fermentation is happening when you get a growler filled.

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Old 11-18-2008, 09:24 AM   #10
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Growlers can hold normal preassure; they're not built for carbing- they're made for transport. Which is the other possible bad thing about them, is once you pop it open, you have to drink it or it will go flat fairly quick.

DON'T FERMENT IN A GROWLER!

Or ferment in a growler, and set up a camera so we can watch it in slow motion :-)

Donner, you can put beer from keg into growler- Great for traveling/sharing. Just remember it's best to drink it all once you open it. Cheers!

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