Racking to growlers?

Tue Mar 11, 2014 3:11 pm

Do you think it would work to rack to growlers with very tight sealing caps? When I get growler fills, the carbonation generally lasts until I reopen it, so if I racked directly to growlers from bottling bucket, would this work?
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Re: Racking to growlers?

Tue Mar 11, 2014 5:34 pm

I have growlers that slowly leak.
I don't think they would withstand the pressure of carbonating (as opposed to holding a pre-carbonated beer for a short time).

Yours may be a bit better, but I would try it with a very limited number first before putting a full batch in them.
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Re: Racking to growlers?

Wed Mar 12, 2014 9:58 am

I agree with Bdawg. I don't think the typical growler will fair well when trying to carbonate in them. The seals in the caps just aren't that airtight and are not meant for that purpose. A better bet would be to purchase some swing top quart size bottles and package in those.
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Re: Racking to growlers?

Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:10 pm

I often use flip top growlers to fill straight from the bottling bucket, leave a lot of head space and they'll carbonate fine but they will quickly lose carbonation shortly after you open them.

Do not use screw on top growlers, I had a gallon of Dry Stout explode on me on Christmas day 2012. Lost a gallon growler and a gallon of Dry Stout that day. Murray Christmas to me :)

Flip top growlers have much thicker glass than other growlers too.
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Re: Racking to growlers?

Tue Mar 18, 2014 3:48 pm

Carbonating in growlers also gives you a large volume sloshing up settled yeast over multiple pours.
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Re: Racking to growlers?

Mon Mar 24, 2014 2:57 pm

There are metal growler caps available if you look around a bit, for me they seal much better than the plastic ones. As for the carbonating in the growlers, if you do decide to do it put them in a trash bag or something in case they do explode.
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Re: Racking to growlers?

Fri Mar 28, 2014 7:55 pm

Thanks all...
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