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Old 02-21-2012, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Can I rack from a growler into smaller bottles?

I was up in Napa yesterday and stopped by the Napa Smith brewery. They had there one of the best Barley Wines I've ever tasted. It is available for sale only at the brewery and only in growlers. At 10% abv that's a lot of etoh. My wife is tiny, a light weight, and we're trying to get pregnant so she won't drink much if at all. So I was thinking maybe I could use my auto-siphon to transfer the barleywine from the growler into smaller bottles so that it won't go flat and stale. Any thoughts on this?

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:25 PM   #2
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I'd think it'd go mostly flat just from the process of transferring.

Have a couple (or two) over for dinner sometime soon and break out that growler and share!

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Old 02-21-2012, 07:27 PM   #3
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You're using an autosiphon...I guess that would be better than pouring, but I still doubt that the beer would hold it's carb and not be oxydized when you open it again.

I guess if you wanted to really make sure it remained carbed, and ate some of the oxygen, you could figure out how much sugar to add to re-carb the beer in the bottle, and boil it up some in water, with an eye dropper add some along with a few grains of fresh yeast then cap them...

But man I don't know. I'd just drink it myself.

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But man I don't know. I'd just drink it myself.
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I think you'd ruin it. I would invite people over and tackle it or just drink as much as you can.

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I have done it with commercial beers a few times and it works fine. The beer will be a little different, but still good, even after a few months. I've shipped a few beers to buddies this way and their tasting notes match mine pretty closely. If you're going to tackle it, get everything as COLD as possible before your bottle. Bottles, growler, all of it.

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I have done it with commercial beers a few times and it works fine. The beer will be a little different, but still good, even after a few months. I've shipped a few beers to buddies this way and their tasting notes match mine pretty closely. If you're going to tackle it, get everything as COLD as possible before your bottle. Bottles, growler, all of it.
Thanks for the encouragement and the tip. Now that I know it's been done successfully by someone else I'll get to it myself.
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Thats funny, it seems more women get pregnant by drinking!

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use 16 or 20oz soda bottles with tire valve tops.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/home...or-cap-124602/
purge and carbonate to ~10psi.
cold definatyely helps.

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What about dropping in a carb tablet and capping?

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