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Old 12-15-2012, 06:12 PM   #1
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Can I use Mason jars to bottle my hard cider? I would rather use over bottles. I'm just not sure if they will handle the carbonation

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Old 12-15-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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No, they won't hold carbonation at all. They are meant to pull a vacuum, for canning, and so won't seal with any pressure from the inside. Also, the glass isn't rated for carbonation so even if they do manage to seal, they will explode.
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Old 12-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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... and aside from that, if you put your cider in mason jars, what are you going to put your moonshine in??

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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Works great for still (non-carbed) cider. They make half gallon jars which are very inexpensive compared to growlers. I pour them into and server from a pitcher though... something about the aesthetics of having a jar of alcohol on the table doesn't always work with my guests.

As Yooper said, they don't work at all for carbonation, years ago I tried to bottle beer in them (some 'expert' told me it would work, it doesn't). It is pretty safe though, the tops pop way before they will burst.

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Old 12-16-2012, 01:57 AM   #5
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They're fine for still things, but not for carbonation. Mason jars are meant to contain a vacuum NOT the outward pressure of carbonation.
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