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Old 02-22-2011, 04:02 PM   #1
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Just bought a growler, Should i fill it up when I am bottling and let it "condition" in there, or just pour like 4 or 5 finished beers in it before serving??

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:05 PM   #2
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Growlers aren't designed to hold that much pressure. I used to do it and it worked fine for a few batches. Then my buddy went to crack into the growler he had stored under the kitchen table...when he picked it up, the bottom stayed behind on the floor and the growler was empty.

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:05 PM   #3
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Growlers are not good for bottle conditioning as the pressure created will blow out the bottom of the bottle... :-)

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don't fill it up when bottling. it will explode

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I was hoping to do this as well to reduce the number of bottles I had to prepare. The guy at the LHBS recommended against it (same reasons that other people mention - pressure). He then said that some people do it without a problem and said that if I were to try, to use caps like this: http://www.stompthemgrapes.com/Corks_Corkers-Polyseal_Screw_Caps_38mm.html. I got a few of those caps but ended up not going this route because I couldn't stand to watch my beer go to waste in case of a problem.

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Old 02-22-2011, 04:45 PM   #6
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Just bought a growler, Should i fill it up when I am bottling and let it "condition" in there, or just pour like 4 or 5 finished beers in it before serving??
Depends on the type of growler. I don't think most growlers are meant for bottle conditioning, but I got a fancy one for Christmas and asked Northern Brewer about it:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/carbing-growler-220997/index3.html#post2593610
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Not trying to get off topic, but what is a growler for if not to carb beer. Are they just used as temporary containers used when pouring out of a keg?

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Not trying to get off topic, but what is a growler for if not to carb beer. Are they just used as temporary containers used when pouring out of a keg?
I just asked this question today at Northern Brewer. I guess they're made for transporting, like a pitcher of beer. They should be consumed within a couple hours, no more than a day.
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Are they just used as temporary containers used when pouring out of a keg?
Yes, that is exactly what they are for.
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I just asked this question today at Northern Brewer. I guess they're made for transporting, like a pitcher of beer. They should be consumed within a couple hours, no more than a day.
Do you have a link or something from NB? Because with the growler that was purchased for me from NB, they clearly told and encrouaged me to carb in the growler I had. (See above post).
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