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Old 09-02-2007, 02:46 PM   #1
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I ordered some growlers with screw caps to bottle part of my latest batch of brew. Another member suggested that growlers are not a good idea for bottling and could explode due to being thin walled. Doesn't make much sense to me so I'm just looking for some advice. Has anyone used these 1/2 gallon glass jugs for bottling? Is it ok to prime your beer in them or are they simply for filling out of a keg?

 
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Old 09-02-2007, 02:54 PM   #2
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I dont think that they will bust, but Im not sure that they will hold the carbonation.

All the growlers that I have had went flat if they didnt get emptied soon enough.
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:20 PM   #3
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Growlers are for taking beer home from pubs for immediate consumption or taking your draft beer somewhere else for immediate consumption.

I don't recommend using them for bottling and carbonating home brew.

 
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Old 09-02-2007, 03:56 PM   #4
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Thanks guys. Thats what I needed to know



 
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Old 09-02-2007, 07:42 PM   #5
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I think that member was me...

There's another member with a similar question. His complaint was that the beer was flat.

I told him the cap leaked since it did not carbonate.

So, basicaly it's the same info. Can't use them.
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Old 09-03-2007, 03:02 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
I think that member was me...

There's another member with a similar question. His complaint was that the beer was flat.

I told him the cap leaked since it did not carbonate.

So, basicaly it's the same info. Can't use them.
Exactly what I suspicioned before I ordered them. Wasn't worried about a detonation, but felt maybe the seal was in question. Didn't occur to me that someone would need a case of six jugs to take his own brew away from home. Oh well, back to my 22oz'ers

 
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:01 AM   #7
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[QUOTE=magno]I dont think that they will bust, but Im not sure that they will hold the carbonation.QUOTE]

Not sure on the busting part, but if you you use some plumbers tape on the threads, they will hold pressure.
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:24 AM   #8
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Now you guys have me worried. I am on my second use of a swing top growler. It carbonated great and made bottling a little easier. should I go wrap this bad boy in a garbage bag? I got mine from the local brewpub, but it is the same as the below link.

http://morebeer.com/view_product/7968/

 
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Old 09-04-2007, 07:06 AM   #9
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Swingtops growlers are almost the same for bottling as any swing top bottle. I have heard the amount priming sugar may need to be adjusted but I dont think it matters.

 
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:30 PM   #10
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I've used a two-liter swingtop growler multiple times to bottle. Let last one sit for 6 months. Had a real good POP when I opened it. Again, so long as it has a good rubber seal and the swingtop requires a bit of effort to lock into place, my experience has been 100% positive.
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