Originally Posted by deejay413
What about screw top growlers? My dad drinks them all the time so I can have him save me some.
Here's something a friend of mine sent me when I asked about the same thing:
If you're using bigger bottles: like this one http://i.imgur.com/K18Kx.jpg
then remember that bottles can explode from bottling if you do it wrong. Just remember that if 1 growler is a half gallon or 64 oz... then 5.333 12 oz beers would fit into it.
But here's the thing, as you double the surface area of a bottle, you quadruple the volume... let me show you on a simple square: http://i.imgur.com/fNcOv.jpg
So while the bottle itself isn't that much bigger, the volume inside creates much more pressure from the same amount of priming sugar
So it's not that these bottles are more prone to exploding, it's that people don't adjust the priming sugar levels to compensate for the different sized vessel being used... The glass would need to be like 4 times thicker than a normal bottle to hold the same amount of pressure, but most of these bottles are only about twice as thick as a normal beer bottle.