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Tips and Gear for Growler Filling

Pictured: Stanley Vacuum Insulated Growler via Amazon – Review

Filling a growler or small draft dispenser from your draft setup is an easy and straightforward process.  Here are some tips and tools for making this as easy and efficient as possible.

  1. Start with a clean growler.  Use some growler cleaning tabs, PBW or your favorite homebrewing cleanser.  Refrain from using dish soaps and the like.  Thoroughly rinse your growler after cleaning.  If you’re not going to use it right away, let it air dry.  I always store my growlers with the cap off.  Starting with a clean growler is important for general cleanliness and food safety, but it also makes filling your growler easier.  Spots and such can serve as nucleation points causing unnecessary foam during the fill.
  2. A warm growler can lead to excessive foaming.  Start with a cold growler.  I suggest putting your growler directly in your kegerator so it’s the same temperature as your beer.  This will help to reduce foaming.
  3. Having a wet growler also helps reduce foam.  Put properly mixed Star San solution in your growler prior to chilling, swirl it around to coat all surfaces and discard just prior to filling.  If you’ll be drinking the growler right away, you can skip the Star San and just use fresh, cold tap water.
  4. Turn down the pressure.  Serving pressure is generally around 10 PSI, depending on how your system is tuned.  That makes for too quick of a fill and too much foam.  Turn down the pressure on your CO2 regulator to 3 or 4 psi to fill your growler slowly.  Remember to purge keg headspace after decreasing your regulator’s PSI setting.
  5. Affix a growler filler or length of tubing to your faucet.  If you’re using picnic taps a 3/8″ ID section of tubing should fit nicely on the end of your taps.  If you’re using a Perlick style faucet, a section of 1/2″ ID tubing should fit on your faucet.  Make sure the tubing is long enough to hit the bottom of the growler.  Filling from the bottom up should reduce oxygen pickup and foaming.
  6. As your beer gets close to the top lower the growler to withdraw the tubing and top up.
  7. A slight overfill can be a good thing.  When you close or cap on foam the head space is purged with CO2.  Have a clean towel or rag available to clean up the excess and any spills.

To purge or not to purge.  Purging your growler with CO2 can be a good way to decrease oxidation and keep your beer tasting fresh longer.  If your growler will be consumed right away (I’d say within a day or two), purging with CO2 probably won’t be worth it.  If it will be a while before the growler is consumed purging with CO2 would be a good thing.  If you’re going to do that I suggest doing it after you turn down your CO2 pressure.  I use my CO2 utility line (link below) for purging growlers.

Growler Fillers: These allow you to easily attach a length of tubing to your faucet for the purpose of filling a growler.  They can just as easily be used to fill a small kegging system or small keg.  Just use a longer piece of tubing.

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Pluto Stainless Steel Beer Gun – $31.99, Limited Availability

Pluto Stainless Steel Beer Gun, Handheld Faucet

About: “Upgrade your portable Keg Dispensing Equipment with this Stainless Steel Beer Faucet! Known as a Pluto Beer Gun, these sleek Stainless hand held serving devices will pour your beer perfectly, and stand up to whatever abuse may get thrown its way during drinking.  1/4 Barb, constructed of 304 Stainless Steel. 6″ long x 5.5″ Tall”

Pluto Beer Gun – SS D1261 $37.99 $31.99 + Free Shipping with a $59 order

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Trick Your System Out with New Intertap Faucets – save up to 20%

Intertap forward sealing faucets have a unique modular, threaded spout design which can fit a variety of different attachments including a growler filler, stout spout and ball lock post.

There are four different faucets available: Chrome plated, stainless steel, stainless steel with flow control, and gold plated stainless steel with flow control along with a variety of accessories, replacement parts and add ons.

I’m upgrading my system with Intertaps!  Check out my First Looks Post

As of this posting, AIH has a Brew More, Save More Sale going on.  That discounts your order by up to 20%.  Intertap faucets and accessories work with that sale.  Intertap faucets start at just $18.99 and the price gets better with this sale.  No coupon code is required.

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First Looks: Intertap Faucets and Accessories!

Intertap Faucets are a forward sealing faucet similar to the Perlicks. Intertap Faucets have a unique modular, threaded spout design which can fit a variety of different attachments including a growler filler, stout spout and ball lock post

There are four different faucets available: Chrome plated, stainless steel, stainless steel with flow control, and gold plated stainless steel with flow control.

It’s time for my kegerator to get an upgrade.  I purchased four of these faucets to replace my older Perlicks and also picked up the stout spout and ball lock connector.

Here’s a first look at these faucets and accessories.  Look for a full review in the near future.

I went with the forward sealing stainless steel Intertap.  Other styles are also available.

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Get 15% OFF Orders of $60.00 or more on Intertap Faucets and Parts

“All Intertap faucets and add-on accessories are back in stock and ready to ship! These faucets are extremely versatile, with their interchangable nozzles. Switch from a standard beer faucet to a ball lock disconnect, growler filler barb or even a stout faucet for serving those rich frothy stouts on nitrogen!

The Intertap faucets come in Chrome Plated Brass, 304 Stainless Steel, Flow Control and even a Gold Plated Version of the Flow Control Faucet. Some of the most affordable & versatile faucets on the market!”

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Faucet Locks for Perlick Faucets

Perlick Wrap Around Draft Beer Faucet Lock - Kegerator Bar Security - All ModelsPictured: eBay Offering – Perlick Wrap Around Draft Beer Faucet Lock – Kegerator Bar Security – All Models

A faucet lock allows you to secure your faucet to prevent unwanted use.  Kids, visitors, etc.

Perlick makes two models…

  • 308-40B works with Perlick 307, 425, 408, 410 and the 525SS faucets.
  • 308-40C works with Perlick 600 Series Faucets

Availability on these can be touch and go.  I’ve found that eBay can be a good spot for these

Search: 308-40b and 308-40c on eBay

  • Perlick 630SS @ AIH and MoreBeer – forward sealing (will not stick and more resistant to contamination) and stainless steel
  • Perlick 650SS @ AIH and MoreBeer – forward sealing, stainless steel and flow control.  Flow control allows you to vary resistance making it easier to serve higher carbonation beers with less beer line.
  • Intertap Faucets and Accessories – high quality forward sealing faucets & unique accessories
  • Growler Fillers – allow you to easily attach tubing to your growler.  Use a length of tubing to ensure that you’re filling from the bottom up – Standard Faucets | Perlick 525 | Perlick 600 Series

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Portable Draft Beer Serving Options!

Pictured: William’s Brewing Mini CO2 Regulator

Looking for options to serve your draft beer home brew on the go?  Here’s a roundup of some of the available options for your next tailgate, party or get together.

Included in this Post:

  • Growlers
  • Carbonation Caps – used with PET Bottles
  • Small Draft Systems
  • Tips and Tools for Filling Growlers and Small Draft Containers
  • Techniques and equipment for dispensing full corny kegs of beer
  • Portable Kegs and Systems
  • Coolers and Ice Packs
  • Other Issues: Chilling and Cloudiness

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