Growlers for bottling

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Growlers for bottling

Post by Radler » Wed Feb 16, 2005 3:06 pm

I may be bottling in a week, or perhaps three, and alltough I'm trying I don't think I will have amassed enough bottles by that time. I have found some growlers that I got from a brewpub and was thinking of bottling into one or two of them. They have screw tops and are 1/2 gallons. Is this a good idea or will the screw tops be too weak for the carbonation levels (I plan to prime to 1.5) and they'll pop? Tell me anything you can. Thanks endlessly.

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Post by richanne » Thu Feb 17, 2005 5:03 pm

Just to be on the safe side, I would go with slightly lower carbonation level than normal, otherwise, yes, they could pop.
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Post by wheelerfreak » Tue Oct 11, 2005 6:33 pm

I have been using growlers for bottling for a few years now and haven't had any "pop" yet. I use the same amount of bottling sugars as when I use normal bottles. I do tighten the cap on tight and then wrap several wraps of electrical tape around the cap and growler to help hold the cap on.

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Post by Dutchbrew » Thu Oct 13, 2005 10:23 am

I used a growler with a metal screw on cap and had no problems. i was thinking of wrapping some tape around the top but i never got around to it. still had ok carbonation and no cap pop.

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Post by Thegrowler » Tue Dec 13, 2005 12:51 pm

I've brewed around 12-15 batches and have used growlers I've collected from different places. Never had any problem with any of them. Treated them like any other bottle. 3/4 cup priming sugar for 5 gallon batch.

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Re: Growlers for bottling

Post by Push Eject » Tue Dec 13, 2005 4:49 pm

Are the caps really air-tight? I'm surprised that a screw-on cap would work. Or are they "cap-able with a regular capper.

OR are they swing-tops?

Where did you get 'em?


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