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Old 12-10-2012, 09:40 PM   #1
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I am going to keg for the first time tomorrow! I believe I got all that worked out. However after its all carbed up I want to put some in a Screw top Growler I got from a little brewery in CO and take with me on a 6 hr drive for family Christmas gathering. I'd like to show off some of my beer. Will it stay carbonated? And if so how long? Do I need to keep cold? ( cooler)?


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Old 12-10-2012, 09:43 PM   #2
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It'll stay carbonated, just be sure to fill it all of the way. Also I've found that if the growler is cold, when you fill it, it won't foam as much.

It will be fine if you can't keep it cold.


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Old 12-10-2012, 09:49 PM   #3
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Try extending the faucet on your keg with a piece of racking cane/tubing. If you can avoid the beer splashing down the wall of the growler by filling it from the bottom up you'll have better carbonation. Also, vent the pressure from the keg and set your regulator to around 3 psi. You want a slow, gentle fill with splashing/shaking minimized. Fill the growler until foam is coming out the top. Your brew is going to lose some carbonation in vessel transfer and transit, but it should still have some life in it if you handle it gently and screw that cap down tight. Good luck.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:32 PM   #4
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I do basically the same thing as Bigbeergeek. Only thing I do, is use a larger stopper on my BM bottle filler. Works the same as filling a bottle off of the kegerator. Cap on foam and your golden.

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Good advice! Having the growler cold first helps avoid foaming, and using a piece of tubing helps as well. Even when I get a growler from a brewpub, a lot of the time they will use a long piece of tubing jammed up in the beer faucet that goes to the bottom of the growler.

Another tip- turn the gas way down (purge the keg) and then just fill at 2-3 psi. That also helps!

One thing that I like to do is fill 2L soda bottles when I go places, then I don't care if I get them back! I have a "carbonator cap", and I can even give it an extra blast of c02 before leaving. You can't use those carbonator caps with glass, though- just plastic!
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This hit the market, it's available at any homebrewshop and online for around 10 bucks.

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That's awesome y'all. Good info. Thanks for the help
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This hit the market, it's available at any homebrewshop and online for around 10 bucks.

Seconded! I have one. Keep in mind you need a slightly different insert for Perlick faucets, so make sure you buy the right one.
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Seconded! I have one. Keep in mind you need a slightly different insert for Perlick faucets, so make sure you buy the right one.

been looking at those now that my keezer is up and running.

the dual o ring end slips inside the faucet end?

or over it somehow?
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Inside the faucet! Since Perlicks have a different ID, get the one marked as such


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