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Old 01-14-2010, 08:38 PM   #1
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A family member got me a nice growler, inscribed with "Craft Brewed by [name]" and two glasses with the same. The idea was then I could bring the growler and glasses when I visit instead of bottles.

Problem is, I don't keg, and I'm not sure if bottling in there is something I want to do. Even if it didn't explode, wouldn't all the yeast kick up every time I pour? Anyway, what else can I do with this other than let it sit as a decoration?

I suppose I can look for a local brewery and ask them to fill it up, but that wouldn't exactly be craft brewed by me as the growler says...

I dont think it would be a good idea to bottle in bottles, then pour them into the growler before a visit or something. That's seems kind of pointless, and pouring it into the growler then the glass might have an adverse effect, i dont know.

Maybe it will continue to be a decoration until I switch over to kegging, but that will be a few years at least...

any thoughts?

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:44 PM   #2
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:46 PM   #3
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Have your local brewery fill it for you.

That's what I use mine for. Granted it doesn't get used much...you'll have to drink it pretty soon after filling.

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:53 PM   #4
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I have 1 gallon growlers w/ screw on caps that I use to bottle in. I was at first very hesitant, so I bottled some apfelwein as I didn't want to test with beer. It worked great. Now I bottle beer in them with confidence.

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 08:54 PM   #5
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you don't worry about kicking up the yeast?

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:09 PM   #6
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Growlers are not rated for pressure. the 1G glass one is more equivalent to a carboy. Thicker.
No not bottle with a growler. There will be people that say to go ahead as they've had success, just be aware, the glass isn't rated to hold pressure so it IS at your risk and IMO, not worth it.
I use my various growlers to hold small batch of starsan, take beer from a keg to someone's house, decoration. Just hang on to them until you start kegging. Don't risk exploding the personalized growler someone got you as a gift.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:13 PM   #7
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Growlers should be filled from kegs, used for yeast starters or for storing liquid like starsan.

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:19 PM   #8
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It sounds like you have a really nice gift, I sure wouldn't risk something like that by bottling in it. Although there's always a few folks that say they are successful.

This tends to be the stories I hear. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/grow...es-boom-63121/

And it sounds like yours is pretty special.

Obviously the brew pub idea is a good one, also if you are going to a function, you could consider decanting a bunch of your carbed bottles into, like some folks fill pitchers. Since growlers have to be consumed quickly, you don't really run the risk of oxidizing your beer in the few hours you'll be sharing from the growler.
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:30 PM   #9
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yeah, i really wouldn't bottle in it unless i contacted the manufacturer and they said it could withstand it. If it was a piece I bought off craigslist it would be different.

I guess I'll just stick with the breweries and decoration until i have the space to keg.

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 09:34 PM   #10
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Just buy one keg, doesn't take up too much space. Prime carb it, use a CO2 cartridge and bar tap. Takes up less space than a carboy really and you can pour bottles and growlers to chill. I've got a tapped keg sitting in my garage and I just nurse on it.

 
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