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Old 03-28-2007, 09:13 PM   #1
CAlexander
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Feb 2007
St. Augustine, FL
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Hey guys, I've got some 64 oz twist top growlers from a local microbrewery and I was wondering if there are any tricks to bottling in them. Are the twist off's ok? Let me know. Thanks.


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Old 03-28-2007, 09:25 PM   #2
hialtitude
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I regularly bottle homebrew in growlers. I picked up some heavy duty growler caps from my LHBS. They are much different than the ones your local brewery will give you with a fill. To be honest, I don't exactly know why they are better/necessay, but they were cheap so I didn't argue.

The upside of bottling in a growler is that it is a great size to take to a friends house have a few people taste the brew. If I bring over bottles and let them pour, I tend to watch them like a hawk explaining why not to pour the entire bottle in the glass (yeast).

The downside to growlers is that I have often wanted to taste the progress of my beer during aging. This limits me by the fact that I don't want to crack an entire growler when a bottle would do.



 
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:00 PM   #3
CAlexander
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Originally Posted by hialtitude
I regularly bottle homebrew in growlers. I picked up some heavy duty growler caps from my LHBS. They are much different than the ones your local brewery will give you with a fill. To be honest, I don't exactly know why they are better/necessay, but they were cheap so I didn't argue.

The upside of bottling in a growler is that it is a great size to take to a friends house have a few people taste the brew. If I bring over bottles and let them pour, I tend to watch them like a hawk explaining why not to pour the entire bottle in the glass (yeast).

The downside to growlers is that I have often wanted to taste the progress of my beer during aging. This limits me by the fact that I don't want to crack an entire growler when a bottle would do.
Great, thanks for the input! I'd ideally like to do a little of both, turning a batch into about 24 bottles and 5 growlers. Makes bottling a lot easier and is the best of both worlds. I think I'll see if my LHBS has some of the heavy duty growler caps, can't hurt.
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:42 PM   #4
RickWG
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Jan 2007
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The downside to growlers is that I have often wanted to taste the progress of my beer during aging. This limits me by the fact that I don't want to crack an entire growler when a bottle would do.
This is why I bottle in 12's or 16's. That and if your friends want your beer you don't have to give away a 22 or a growler. Gifts of some 12 ozer's are fun too. I got friends that love em.

 
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