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Old 11-10-2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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Default Can I use a used growler with twist off cap to bottle some brew?

My second homebrew will be an American Stout, and I have a left over Rogue Dead Guy Ale growler.

So, can I use this with my own brew? See, I used 24 bomber bottles last time and there was still a good amount of brew left that I had to throw away, so I'm guessing this growler will hold all that is left over.

Should I be worried about the twist off cap?

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One of my fellow employees is also a Homebrewer, but he kegs. So I could try his beer, he put it in a Growler from a local Brewery (Buckbean ftw!). Anyway, I had it in my fridge for a couple of days, and it had already lost some of it's carbonation. My guess is that you will lose most if not all of your carbonation by the time it is ready to drink.

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One of my fellow employees is also a Homebrewer, but he kegs. So I could try his beer, he put it in a Growler from a local Brewery (Buckbean ftw!). Anyway, I had it in my fridge for a couple of days, and it had already lost some of it's carbonation. My guess is that you will lose most if not all of your carbonation by the time it is ready to drink.
So, even if I apply superman pressure to the cap, it will still lose carbonation?
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If you can trap the carbonation it will probably cause a large bottle bomb. Growler glass is not made to withstand the pressure.

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So, even if I apply superman pressure to the cap, it will still lose carbonation?
Well i saw some vid on youtube where this dude bottled his brew in what looked like plastic bottles with screw on caps and his brew came out carbed. They looked like pint sized though. Actually they looked like those miller lite 16oz plastic screw caps...like a plastic soda bottle cap looking thing. Never tried one my self, I use mainly 12-16-22-24-and 26oz bottles that i have to cap myself with a capper and caps from the Homebrew store. And sometimes the swing top ones. You having a bottle shortage?
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If you can trap the carbonation it will probably cause a large bottle bomb. Growler glass is not made to withstand the pressure.
So, Rogue dead guy ale isn't naturally carbonated in the bottle?
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Well i saw some vid on youtube where this dude bottled his brew in what looked like plastic bottles with screw on caps and his brew came out carbed. They looked like pint sized though. Actually they looked like those miller lite 16oz plastic screw caps...like a plastic soda bottle cap looking thing. Never tried one my self, I use mainly 12-16-22-24-and 26oz bottles that i have to cap myself with a capper and caps from the Homebrew store. And sometimes the swing top ones. You having a bottle shortage?
Yes, I have 25 bomber bottles and now this growler.

The 1/2 gallon growler seems just as solid as my 22 oz bomber, but I could be wrong.
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The commercial filled growler may indeed be heavier than the standard fill-at-brewpub growlers which is what I thought you were talking about. Carry on.

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The commercial filled growler may indeed be heavier than the standard fill-at-brewpub growlers which is what I thought you were talking about. Carry on.
No, I bought the Rogue Dead Guy Ale growler at Jewel lol.
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Yes, I have 25 bomber bottles and now this growler.

The 1/2 gallon growler seems just as solid as my 22 oz bomber, but I could be wrong.
Cool. Hey if you're in a bind It's always cool to go to the beer store and buy some grolsch. They got the swing tops and they're pints. Not too expensive. They're green but just put em in a box. Grolsch is so skunky though so I guess It's a chore in it's self to drink like 6 of those!
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