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Old 10-21-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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Default Filling a Growler For Friends....

Ok so I was recently at a small brewery to visit and I took home a growler of their IPA.... I am not a big growler guy... so this was the first time I have ever seen one filled... and basically the brewer hooked up a Vinyl Tube to the tap and put the hose in the growler... and filled it....

Said that the beer would hold for a few weeks...


So my questions is... Can I do the same with my taps and home brew? like if I am going to a party and want to take some of my beer... can I just hook a hose to my tap and fill a growler.... simple as that??

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Old 10-21-2009, 06:26 PM   #2
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Check out this post:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-n...eer-gun-24678/

I have not done this with beeer yet, but have filled growlers with birch beer before and they do hold carbonation pretty well.

The nice thing about this is that you wont lose as much carbonation as you would just hooking up the vinyl tube

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Yes. Growlers are pretty simple. I have a bottling wand on the end of a hose that I use for filling mine. They only last a week tops though before they start going flat.

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Old 10-21-2009, 06:33 PM   #4
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Check out this post:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/we-n...eer-gun-24678/

I have not done this with beeer yet, but have filled growlers with birch beer before and they do hold carbonation pretty well.

The nice thing about this is that you wont lose as much carbonation as you would just hooking up the vinyl tube
This is great for bottling and long term storage. But for a growler to take to a friends and drink that night or the next, A tube will suffice.
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yea... I thought that would be the case... I am really looking for like something to be able to fill before I goto my Father-In-Laws or something... Because he only drinks Coors light... and I like to bring my own beer!

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I've brought growlers to several parties and I just fill it up like a normal pint glass with no tube or anything. Try that first. I've always operated under the assumption that a growler won't last more than 3 days.

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I bought one of these bottle fillers mentioned in another thread. http://centerlinemachining.com/

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I've brought growlers to several parties and I just fill it up like a normal pint glass with no tube or anything. Try that first. I've always operated under the assumption that a growler won't last more than 3 days.
No foaming problems? or partial fill, let settle, fill and cap on foam?
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I bought one of these bottle fillers mentioned in another thread. http://centerlinemachining.com/
Would you just attach this to a small racking cane with rubber stopper for a BMBF? This would be easier than opening my keezer and everything!! This is on my list of prucahses! That's just what I needed. Something else on that list

$17...hmmmmm
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Would you just attach this to a small racking cane with rubber stopper for a BMBF? This would be easier than opening my keezer and everything!! This is on my list of prucahses! That's just what I needed. Something else on that list

$17...hmmmmm
Yup. But you can also just connect a hose to it then over to you growler. But yeah this works perfectly with BMBF filler and a carboy stopper fits perfectly in my growler.
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