Originally Posted by wreckinball9
actually growlers work great if you have the right caps.
these polyseal caps are way better than the single use caps you normally get.
now obviously once you open the growler oxygen is introduced so you do want to consume the cider within a few days. but especially if its not carbonated to begin with, there is no reason no to use growlers with the polyseal caps.
there are a LOT of people on HBT that regurgitate stuff they have read like it is fact, when in truth they have no experience on the subject. i use growlers all the time. I even carbonate in them! ( A big NO-NO most folks on here will tell you.) the key is the poly seal cap, don't over prime if you are naturally carbing, and once a growler is opened it should be kept in the fridge and consumed withing a week or two.
I agree, I used the polyseal caps and stored my cider in a growler for almost a year. It was stored in very bad conditions, I left the cider in my pantry over the course of a summer in which it got up to 90 degrees inside. I could actually see fermentation bubbles during hotter summer days.
When I opened the bottle a few months later (November) it came out well and had a nice carbonation too it. I will say that I didn't prime my cider at all, I let it sit in a primary for 3.5 weeks, the secondary for 7.5 weeks and then bottled. The final alcohol content was about 13%.
In the future, I plan to store the growlers in a fridge or in the basement where the temperature is cooler and there is less chance of exploding bottles, just to err on the side of caution.