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Old 10-31-2007, 03:06 PM   #1
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does anyone bottle with 1/2 gallon growlers with a screw on cap?
does it hold carbonation like a 12 oz'er?



 
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:22 PM   #2
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Do you mean prime and bottle from the secondary? Or do you mean bottle from a keg?

In either case, if you follow the same proper procedures, the twisters should hold carbonation just as well.



 
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:28 PM   #3
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I bottled with a 1/2 gallon growler because I did not have enough 12oz bottles. It was a regular twist on cap, and I put electric tape around it, and the beer was flat as can be. No carbonation what so ever. It had a good flavor, just no co2. I used it for cooking though so it wasnt a terrible waste.

 
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:42 PM   #4
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I went to a LHBS and noticed they were selling green wine bottles on the cheap. To buy some and use them for bottling my next batch was pretty tempting. Not sure how that would've worked out, though.

 
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:36 AM   #5
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I've had really cruddy luck with those damn growlers. They seem great because if you get a couple of them together you can bottle-away a gallon of beer in no time; what I have found is that when you sanitize the caps for them, you have to be oh-so-careful. Make sure that the paper lining inside of there doesn't wilt or get too water damaged because that is your seal.

I think a good alternative to those, if you want some sort of mass-storage bottle are the Korbel champagne bottles; you can just throw a regular cap on there and away you go. At least, that's worked for me.

Anyway, hope that helps.

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Old 11-01-2007, 12:40 AM   #6
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Most growlers aren't really made to hold pressure. They're made to be filled from the tap at the local pub and taken home to be consumed within a few days. Bottling with a growler seems ill-advised.
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:46 AM   #7
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Most growlers aren't really made to hold pressure. They're made to be filled from the tap at the local pub and taken home to be consumed within a few days. Bottling with a growler seems ill-advised.
Yikes! I just did it, I hope it works. It has a top just like my flip top bottles, with a big red plastic ring to help seal it. I guess we'll see.

 
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:50 AM   #8
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my Russian River Growler is def. thick enough for pressure. It also has a flop top. The still wine bottles are really asking for trouble. The champagne bottles are great. I use them all the time.

 
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Old 11-01-2007, 01:41 AM   #9
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my Russian River Growler is def. thick enough for pressure.
I'm not saying it can't be done or that all growlers will shatter if you bottle with them. However, many of them are designed only slightly thicker than those still wine bottles you mentioned. You're betting at least half a gallon of beer that your growler will hold up if you intend to bottle condition in one.
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Old 11-01-2007, 02:54 AM   #10
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Yikes! I just did it, I hope it works. It has a top just like my flip top bottles, with a big red plastic ring to help seal it. I guess we'll see.
Those types are more suited for carbonating in. Because the swing top works like a regular swing top bottle.

As to the post about the growler caps with the paper liners.....they sell growler caps with rubber or silicone or what ever it is inside that seals a lot better.

I am not condoning carbonating in twist top growlers but if you are going to at least use the caps with the rubber seals in them.


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