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Old 10-16-2013, 10:19 PM   #1
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Im making a large batch this Friday and I was thinking that when its time to bottle instead of using individual 12 oz bottles that I would use 1/2 gallon jugs. What is the best way to properly bottle in a jug like this and where would the best place be to get the jugs?

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Old 10-16-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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If they're not made to hold high pressure, I'd suggest against doing it. Same for growlers, they're for holding carbonated beer, not for carbonating beer.

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I'm not sure it's advisable at all. Can you put on a sealed or crown style cap? Are the jugs rated for the potential pressure? Are the jugs Amber or clear?

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Old 10-17-2013, 12:32 AM   #4
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The screw on caps leak gas....your beer will be flat. Been there done that!

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What you want is a 2L swingtop. You don't have to do anything different with it than you do for 12oz bottles. I have one for taking to parties. Something like this: http://store.homebrewheaven.com/mobi...ler-p1744.aspx

I also have a dozen 1L swing tops, but I use them mostly for meads & cysers.

I've seen prices for them ranging from about $15 to & $35. So shop around.

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Been using the 64 ounce brown jugs with the white metal scew on caps or the re-usable plastic ones and have yet to have one bleed pressure. Definitely speed up bottling times...

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Been using the 64 ounce brown jugs with the white metal scew on caps or the re-usable plastic ones and have yet to have one bleed pressure. Definitely speed up bottling times...
Standard screw-top growlers aren't rated for bottle conditioning pressure, and a lot of people on here have had them explode. The more expensive swing-tops are a different story.

You can also use a 2L soda/seltzer bottle if you want to go really cheap.
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Standard screw-top growlers aren't rated for bottle conditioning pressure, and a lot of people on here have had them explode. The more expensive swing-tops are a different story.

You can also use a 2L soda/seltzer bottle if you want to go really cheap.
This. I used them successfully for a few batches, and then the bottom of one came clean off, dumping a 1/2 gallon beer on my feet. Here's a couple of others who've had the displeasure of experiencing the same thing-

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/expl...rowlers-89246/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/grow...es-boom-63121/
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This. I used them successfully for a few batches, and then the bottom of one came clean off, dumping a 1/2 gallon beer on my feet. Here's a couple of others who've had the displeasure of experiencing the same thing- http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f11/expl...rowlers-89246/ http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/grow...es-boom-63121/
Well if I ever have that issue I will take it up with the LHBS since their website even states that they are meant to handle the "higher pressure of bottle conditioning."
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Well if I ever have that issue I will take it up with the LHBS since their website even states that they are meant to handle the "higher pressure of bottle conditioning."
Link please.
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