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Old 07-01-2008, 09:53 PM   #1
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I am heading out for the holidays and want to bring a few growlers of my HB with me.


I was thinking about using a racking cane attached to a picnic tap to fill it gently, and was going to purge the growler with a bit of co2 before i fill it. Then i was going to wrap the neck with saran wrap after i seal the screw top.


any ideas of other things to do that you may have had success with? I only plan on keeping the growlers for 24 hours max before they are drank



 
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:58 PM   #2
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Sounds like a plan. Just keep them in a cooler and you should be good to go.



 
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:59 PM   #3
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You need to use a bottle with a standard cap to be sure. I use a cut off stainless cane with a #2 stopper and tip it a bit when the beer stops flowing into the bottle. You want keg pressure just high enough so it will not foam. If you still use a screw cap and it does not stay sealed then the beer will be flat in less than 24 hours.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:59 PM   #4
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I think you could do well with just a foot of hose on a tap, or however much you need to reach the bottom of the growler. That's what I see them do at the bars who fill growlers. I think it ought to work just fine.

Also, no reason you can't use 2-liter soda bottles as long as you're mindful of the light exposure.
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:37 PM   #5
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Coasterine, That sounds good to me too but how much foam do you get?
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:46 PM   #6
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I bought swing top growler for this reason. If you pour very cold into a cold growler they seem to hold carbonation much better. I only use a screw top if I am drinking it within a couple of hours.
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:57 PM   #7
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For club nights I fill up a 1 gallon jug. No stoppers, no cane, no fuss, no muss.

I chill the jug over night to near freezing. Fill til the foam reaches the top and cap it with a juice bottle cap. Chill again until the foam resides and repeat until jug is nicely filled. Takes all of 10 or 15 minutes.

I drive cross town in rough as hell riding truck and the caps hold the carbonation nicely. I have also had some leftover beer in the jug stay carbonated through the night.

 
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:59 PM   #8

I just chill my growler in the fridge for an hour or so, then fill right off the tap and cap with a screw cap. I've never had a problem even if I take up to a day to drink it.
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Old 07-03-2008, 03:43 PM   #9
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I use the racking cane and stopper with screw top lids. The lids I have are plastic with a big "V" seal thing inside. They will hold carb for as long as you want.but once you start drinking it they will go flat in a day.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:25 PM   #10
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"The lids I have are plastic with a big "V" seal thing"

polyseal caps?



They are what I use for 1/2 and full gallon growlers. They hold pressure great.


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