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Old 06-13-2010, 08:10 PM   #1
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Default Mason jars as bottling alternative

Pretty self-explanatory, any thoughts/recommendations reagrding the use of canning-type mason jars in lieu of regular bottling? I can forsee a few issues, but was wondering if anyone had tried it out before.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:54 PM   #2
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I've never tried it, but Mason jars shouldn't be able to stand up to the pressure of the carbonation. I wouldn't try it if I were you.
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Old 06-13-2010, 08:55 PM   #3
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No, don't do it. They will probably shatter and kill someone.
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:13 PM   #4
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Old 06-13-2010, 09:38 PM   #5
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I did it once, it was actually one of those "drinking jars" but with a Mason lid, it was 15 years ago, likely only my first or second batch of beer. I had no issues with it.
I did a half dozen or so.
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Just remember mason/canning jars are meant to release pressure and hold a vacuum, so they will let out pressure. How much so is up to how cold the beers stay and their carbonation level.
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I will be using mason jars for my Hard Tea experiment... it will be a still drink, so I will purge with CO2 and put the lids on. I would be afraid to prime a batch and stick them in, although some on here have reported no issues after doing that.
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I mentioned it at my LHBS and teh owner said lots of people bottled beer in jars in the old days.
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Old 06-15-2010, 07:17 PM   #9
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You will not be able to prime and carbonate a beer in a mason jar. Mason jars DO NOT hold pressure in, they hold a vacuum... the opposite of what you want for beer.
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Quote:
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You will not be able to prime and carbonate a beer in a mason jar. Mason jars DO NOT hold pressure in, they hold a vacuum... the opposite of what you want for beer.
Well, not saying you are wrong but it worked for me. If the lid is on tight it still seals.
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