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Old 09-21-2006, 07:41 AM   #1
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Being somewhat of a noob, I was wondering if it is possible to bottle condition in a swingtop growler I have laying around. Are these vessels built to withstand the pressures associated with carbonation or am setting the stage for a bomb? Thanks for the help

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Old 09-21-2006, 02:35 PM   #2
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Swingtops should be able to handle the pressure, subject to the usual "if fermented fully and not over-primed" weasel.

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Buddy of mine loves using growlers. As stated, just make sure that they were intended for carbonated beverages and you have a good gasket on the swingtop.

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Old 09-21-2006, 04:45 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help, I will give it a shot.

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Old 09-25-2006, 04:32 PM   #5
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I opened two last night. One made a popping sound just like a Champaign cork.

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Isn't it beautiful?

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It was beautiful. However, the second one spit at me. I'll have to try to perfect the popping sound. The carbonation was the same on both though.

I’m considering bottling a couple of 1-liter growlers on future batches for when I have company over.

I think the only two risks with growlers are:

1. brown growlers seem to be a little tougher to find than blue and green. Blue and green ones will skunk faster.
2. if the seal is bad, it will be flat. But you can always buy a new seal and add a carbonation drop.

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After having seen this, I might just get 2-liter growlers instead. Its called a “Growler tapping device” and it fits onto a 1 or 2 liter growler.

http://www.kochmeasurementdevices.com/detail.php?id=639

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Now that is pretty neat! I'll have to pick up a couple of those for my growlers.

Thanks for the link!

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Hey, how big is a champagne magnum? and what dumpster would have one? wouldn't be that hard to make a plastic champagne cork take a pic-nic hose and have mini-keg...

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