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Old 05-13-2008, 02:56 AM   #1
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I'm getting ready for my first brewing and have been collecting bottles. I've got some growlers that have screw top caps. I was wondering if it'd be wise to shrink wrap around the lids to fight off the potential for loss of carbonation?

What do you think?

 
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:16 AM   #2
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Screw on top Growlers are traditionally used for transporting beer from one place to another in a short span. I wouldn't recommend using them to carbonate your first brew in. I would use flip top bottles or capable brown beer bottles. Good Luck!
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:19 AM   #3
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If the cap can't hold in the CO2, shrink wrap certainly won't be able to. And these also may not be intended to hold the amount of pressure that a bottle conditioned beer has, so it may be pretty dangerous.
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:23 AM   #4
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Thanks, I've got some flip-top bottles as well, but was thinking that bottling 1/2 gallon at a time would make bottling go quickly. I was hoping that the shrink wrap would buy storage time for the growlers.

 
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Old 05-13-2008, 03:58 AM   #5
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Thanks, I've got some flip-top bottles as well, but was thinking that bottling 1/2 gallon at a time would make bottling go quickly. I was hoping that the shrink wrap would buy storage time for the growlers.
you are aware they do have 1 and two liter flip top bottles for this purpose...
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:17 PM   #6
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Ya, but I had some growlers from a local brewer. By the way I'm not sure how far afield it is available but my wife and I both have come to love 'Ten Penny Ale' from Olde Burnside Brewing - East Hartford, CT

 
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:21 PM   #7
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I wouldn't bottle in the Growlers. They really aren't designed to hold the pressure. I have heard several stories of people breaking growler by bottling in them. (I have never seen this myself, so take it as a second hand warning.)
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Old 05-13-2008, 02:46 PM   #8
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Now, not to encourage you otherwise, as thses guys make valid points, but there is a local brewery here that sells fully carbed beer by the growler in a few supermarkets around town. They may use special growlers, though they don't look all that special, and I've never had much luck getting any growler to hold pressure for long. I'm not sure how they do it.

My suggestion is to go buy an armful of yummy Rogue, Stone, or any other beers that come in 22 oz bottles. You get a great drinking experience and some nice, big bottles afterwards!
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Old 05-13-2008, 04:51 PM   #9
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i have seen some breweries use mason jars....you could try that possibly. if your dead set on using growlers then try to seal the threads. if you have ever seen plumbing fixtures- they use white teflon tape to seal it so they dont leak. You need to do something similar to that if you want to try and get one to hold presure (unless it holds it on its own)...
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Old 05-14-2008, 03:24 AM   #10
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Thanks everyone for your input.

I think I'm going to try 2 or 3 with heat shrink tubing around cap and bottle lip under cap. I'll have updates in a month or two, sooner if I'm mopping up by basement!

 
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