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Old 12-15-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default Bottling with Growlers instead of bottles?

I have ran out of bottles and i am sick of using them. I have a IPA fermenting right now. Is it safe to bottle them in a half a gallon growler? I once used carlo rosi wine bottles and they exploded LOL.

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Old 12-15-2010, 05:10 PM   #2
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not designed to hold much pressure, could also explode

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Old 12-15-2010, 05:12 PM   #3
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I've never tried it but I hear that the brown glass growlers are much stronger than the clear glass growlers.

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It's all about the thickness and quality. The thin wine jugs aren't meant for that kind of pressure. I have a Sierra Nevada brown growler that I have bottled in twice without a problem.

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Old 12-15-2010, 05:15 PM   #5
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its gonna be a crap shoot. some might work while others might not

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Not this again....

This might give you an idea...."Growler goes Boom"

There's a tons of threads on this. You have to realize that they are meant to hold already carbonated beer, NOT beer carbonating, where the pressure is built up the forces itself into solution. Some folks will say they have no problem, but others will say differently. To me, I sure as heck wouldn't want to play Russian Roulette with my beer.

Do you really want to risk it?

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Think of what it's worth to have broken growlers and beer everywhere. I'd bit the bullet and order more bottles.

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Bottles explode too, should we not use them? There are growlers that can easily hold the pressure and those, like in Revvy's example thread, that aren't built to hold the pressure. If it has a twist cap or plastic cap then it's not going to hold carbing pressure. My Sierra Nevada growler is thicker than any homebrew bottle out there, even the stubbies.

So to rebut the nay-sayers, it can be done with the right growler.

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Bottles explode too, should we not use them? There are growlers that can easily hold the pressure and those, like in Revvy's example thread, that aren't built to hold the pressure. If it has a twist cap or plastic cap then it's not going to hold carbing pressure. My Sierra Nevada growler is thicker than any homebrew bottle out there, even the stubbies.

So to rebut the nay-sayers, it can be done with the right growler.
Got any pictures of said growler?

I've yet to see a growler in which I'd confidently carbonate beer.

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Got any pictures of said growler?

I've yet to see a growler in which I'd confidently carbonate beer.

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This is the one here. The photo makes it look thinner than it is due to the lighting. It's thick.

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