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Old 07-09-2013, 11:03 PM   #1
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Default Can I bottle condition in a growler

Just got a growler or beer while in salt lake city. Can I use it for my next one gal brew instead of my grolsch bottles. It's screw top so that may be a problem. Also. If its one fizzy tab to 12oz then Would I use 5 for 64? Next brew is a 1 gal extract kit of caribou slobber.

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Old 07-09-2013, 11:05 PM   #2
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Yes. I have not tried with a screw top but it works fine with the Grolsch-style tops. In fact I think it tastes better because you get more beer pouring out that is not mixed up with yeast at the bottom of the glass.

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Old 07-09-2013, 11:05 PM   #3
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i think most people's advice on here would be no because the caps are pretty thin on those types of growlers and you might blow it.

However, i have not personally tried carbing in a growler so I can't officially comment but that would be my worry

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They're not really meant to hold pressures needed to carb beer.

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Yea the screw top was my worry. I've got enough grolsch bottles. I'll go that way until its conditioned then move it to the growler. That sound ok?

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Old 07-09-2013, 11:23 PM   #6
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It's not rated for pressure. There was a thread just a few days ago about a guy doing that who's growler cracked and he lost half his batch.

Is it a swingtop? While I believe they also are not rated for pressure, I'd wager a swingtop will hold pressure better then a screw top.

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The swing tops are very strong. I bottle conditioned in a Grolsch bottle and over-carbed. It might have been in the bottle six weeks. One night I heard breaking glass and I checked the cabinet... The bottle exploded. I.e. the glass broke before the top failed.

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Well, i just heard about not using growlers today in this thread, but i haven't had any problems yet. I have 4 growlers with festabrew wheat and 2 with brewhouse blonde ale and i haven't had any explode. I have the black plastic caps with the clear plastic cone shape on the inside.
When i opened the ones i have drank it was a little hard to get the cap off, and i did notice that there wasn't as much of a fizz sound as bottles of the same batch. I also noticed that the beer was a little less carbed than the bottles.
Is it possible that this type of cap actually let excess pressure out? Personally i can't see the glass breaking before the plastic cap gave out, but a metal cap would be a different story.

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Old 07-10-2013, 02:42 PM   #9
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I've attempted bottle conditioning my brew in growlers. Haven't blow any up, but I'm having a hard time getting carbonation in any of them. I've done this with about 4 batches. After the first batch I made sure very carefully that the screw top was tight. Then on other batches I attempted to Saran Wrap of cap, and another I tried to data wrap a gasket to the cap. No luck for me, so I'm giving up on them.

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Old 07-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #10
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I wouldn't, and here's why:

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I had a gallon glass wine jug explode from the pressure of fermentation, cutting my calf muscle just above my Achilles.

I know others do condition in growlers, but to me its not worth it.

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