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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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TrailKeg Gallon Pressurized Growler – 114% Funded On Kickstarter

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The TrailKeg gallon growler features a double wall vacuum insulated design made of 18/8 stainless steel.

We excited to announce that we have passed our kickstarter funding goal!  Now is a great time to secure your TrailKeg at Kickstarter pricing.

The lid also fits Yeti and RTIC growlers and has the same standard ball lock connection to connect to your keezer or kegerator.  Growlers start at just $59.

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Mini CO2 Regulator w/MFL – $19.99 – stacks w/free shipping

Mini CO2 Regulator from Adventures in Homebrewing.  Features a 1/4″ MFL This mini regulator uses a 74 Gram Co 2 Cartridge 5/8″ thread.  You can also add a gas disconnect and 1/4″FFL x 1/4″ FFL swivel and it will connect right on to the keg and make it ready to use, please see the add on.

Portable Serving: As an on-the-go regulator.

Backup – I’m out of CO2 and I want to pour a beer! Use as a backup if your main CO2 tank runs out.  Swap out the CO2 line for this regulator and you’ve got a temporary solution to keep you up and going until you can get more CO2.

Serve Beers at Alternate Carbonation Levels: This regulator goes up to 30 PSI.  That’s plenty to serve high carbonation beers like Hefeweizens and Belgians.  If you don’t have a dual or triple pressure setup, you could use this regulator to serve beers at higher pressures.  I would not suggest force carbonation with this unit.  The 74g cartridges would be pricey. You could carbonate using your existing regulator or just as easily naturally carbonate with priming sugar.  After the beer is completely carbonated, use this to serve at the higher pressure.

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New Micro CO2 Regulators from William’s Brewing

William’s Brewing has introduced a new line of micro regulators.

About:

The Brewer’s Edge® Micro Regulator combines the precision of a Mini Regulator, with the portability of a simple gas injector. Featuring a 0-30 PSI range, precisely adjustable with the calibrated top knob. Best of all, it takes all standard 16 gram threaded and 74 gram threaded C02 cartridges, so you have the choice of a lightweight compact unit with the 16 gram, or a high capacity unit with the 74 gram cartridge. Lightweight aluminum construction means the total weight is just a hare under 5 ounces.

Features a 0-30 psi C02 regulator that features precise adjustment via the calibrated top adjustment knob. It features a inline stainless check valve between the regulator and the ball lock fitting to protect it from backflowing beer. With this 0-30 PSI model, you can both dispense and force carbonate. Includes a ¼ female flare fitting, to fit threaded gas ball lock disconnects and the Ultimate Growler Dispensing Head.

Micro regulators are available in a ball lock, female flare and male flare versions.  A stainless mounting bracket is also available.

Uses…

Portable Serving: As an on-the-go regulator.

Backup – I’m out of CO2 and I want to pour a beer! Use as a backup if your main CO2 tank runs out.  Swap out the CO2 line for this regulator and you’ve got a temporary solution to keep you up and going until you can get more CO2.

Serve Beers at Alternate Carbonation Levels: This regulator goes up to 30 PSI.  That’s plenty to serve high carbonation beers like Hefeweizens and Belgians.  If you don’t have a dual or triple pressure setup, you could use this regulator to serve beers at higher pressures.  I would not suggest force carbonation with this unit.  The 74g cartridges would be pricey. You could carbonate using your existing regulator or just as easily naturally carbonate with priming sugar.  After the beer is completely carbonated, use this to serve at the higher pressure.

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MoreBeer Deal of the Day: 2L Double Wall, Stainless Growler – $19.99

Double wall stainless steel growler.  Made from 304 stainless steel.  Double wall insulation helps keep your beer cold for growlers.  Spring wire lid capable of holding up to to 30 PSI.  2L/67 oz capacity.

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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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TrailKeg Gallon Pressurized Growler – On Kickstarter now

from TrailKeg:

TrailKeg is excited to introduce another great product that is on Kickstarter right now at a great price.

The TrailKeg gallon growler features a double wall vacuum insulated design made of 18/8 stainless steel.

The lid also fits Yeti and RTIC growlers and has the same standard ball lock connection to connect to your keezer or kegerator.  Growlers start at just $59.

Pre-order now on Kickstarter