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Hands on Review: Spotted Dog CO2 Pressurized Growler Dispenser – works with standard growlers

Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers by the Spotted Dog Company

This setup consists of a regulator, growler dispense cap, faucet with tubing and dip tube.  It’s designed to fit standard glass growlers.  This allows you to serve tap beer from a standard growler as you want to.  Since it’s regulated, you can keep carbonation levels up and reduce oxidation.  Note that a growler is not included and you need to buy CO2 cartridges separately.

Hands on Review: Spotted Dog CO2 Pressurized Growler Dispenser

A look at the cap, faucet and tubingA look at the included mini CO2 regulator.  Note that this is a regulator as opposed to an injector.  Injectors give you no regulation of pressure other than the amount you choose to inject.  This is an actual regulator that you can set to a desired pressure.  That’s a key feature since this is intended to be used with compatible glass growlers.

You can also use this with your homebrew keg… This regulator features a female flare connector (the brass piece on the right side of this photo).  That means you can install it on a ball lock or pin lock MFL QD [Search MFL keg disconnect] and use it on a ball lock or pin lock homebrew keg.  Whammo!A look at the faucet.  A standard picnic/cobra style tap with a small length of tubing attached.A look at the inside of the dispense cap.  Notice the included o-ring/gasket.  The cap feels sturdy and well built.A look at the cap top-down.  A PRV is installed on the top of the cap.  That’s for venting to help adjust pressure or when you’re ready to remove the cap.  The male flare at the bottom is for installation of the included regulator.A look at the entire assembly after a soak in PBW.  Note that I did not soak the regulator in PBW.  That was installed after cleaning and rinsing the cap, faucet, tubing and dip tube.Installed on a growlerA look at the front of the CO2 pressurized growler dispenserA close up of the regulator dial.  The gauge on this regulator reads 30 PSI.  Under no circumstances should this be set at 30 PSI.  I keep it under 10 PSI.  For serving I’ve found that just 1 or 2 PSI is sufficient.  It’s important that you read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for this unit.  In the background: Gridmann Commercial Stainless SinkA top down look at the adjustment knobTop down look at the entire unitA side view look at the dispense cap.  My cap says “Max Pressure 15 PSI”.   I keep it under 10 PSI.  For serving I’ve found that just 1 or 2 PSI is sufficient.  It’s important that you read and follow all manufacturer’s instructions for this unit.A look at the PRV valve
The picnic tap hangs nicely on the growler handleI found this easy to clean.  After removing the regulator, I rinsed the entire assembly, making sure there was some water left in the faucet tubing to help start a siphon.  Then I placed the unit in a tub of PBW and opened the faucet (below the unit and tub of PBW).  That starts a nice flow of PBW that you can let run out.  Of course, I did all of this in my Gridmann Commercial Stainless Sink.  I consider a quality utility sink an essential piece of homebrew gear.

Compatibility

Beyond standard growlers this will work with other compatible growlers that use standard 38mm caps.  Examples: The Prowler PET Growler and 128oz Stainless Steel Insulated Growler by Spotted Dog Company.  It will also work with some gallon size jugs as long as they are pressure capable and use standard threads.  For the larger gallon containers, you may need to swap out the dip tube tubing for a longer length.

Conclusions

The beauty of this setup is that it works on standard glass growlers.  Many locales or breweries only fill their branded or specially marked growlers.

This does have some safety implications, it’s important that your growler is in good condition and capable of holding pressure.  That’s always true whether you’re using this or not.  Growlers hold pressurized beer and should be capable of doing so at proper pressures.  Make sure to read and follow the directions that come from the manufacturer and set this to a safe PSI for your particular growler.  The good news is, not much pressure is needed to serve beer.  As I’ve already mentioned… you don’t need a lot of pressure to serve beer with this, just a 1 or 2 PSI.

This allows me to preserve beer, commercial or homebrew, using an easy to find standard growler so that I can drink it at my own pace.  This is well built and converts a compatible growler into a featured packed mini keg that helps to preserve beer so you can drink it at your desired pace.


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • PRESSURIZED growler dispensing has never been easier with the new Pressurized Growler Dispenser Tap. Fill up your favorite standard glass growler, attach the tap cap and regulator, use a single 12g CO2 cartridge and you’re ready to dispense!
  • BREWERY FRESH beer every time you go for another pint. The CO2 mini regulator lets you dispense your favorite craft beer at it’s proper serving pressure like it is straight from the tap!
  • PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE allows for easy oxygen purging to keep your beer fresh for weeks. Don’t settle for flat, tasteless growler beer ever again!
  • UNIVERSAL fit with all standard 64oz and 128oz glass growlers with 38mm threaded caps. Save money over expensive pressurized growler systems by using your existing growler with the Growler Dispenser Tap!
  • Don’t forget the cartridges! Cartridges are sold separately. We recommend 12g or 16g threaded food grade CO2 cartridges. Search Amazon for B07GNVKTS9 to find ours. A 12g cartridge will easily dispense 64oz of beer.

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Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers


The Weekend Brewer 6-Pack 12g 3/8″ Threaded Disposable CO2 Cartridges (6, 12g)


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Make sure the components you use are compatible and rated for your intended application.  Contact manufacturer with questions about suitability or a specific application.  Always read and follow manufacturer directions. review:co2growler tag:tpru

Special thanks to Spotted Dog Company for providing the unit used for evaluation

Outdoor Research Growler Parka & Carrier – $11.58 + free prime ship

Outdoor Research Growler Parka

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 100% Nylon
  • Imported
  • 100% Nylon lining
  • Zipper closure
  • 23″ shoulder drop
  • Hand Wash
  • 12.5″ high

 

Use to insulate and protect compatible growlers

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Outdoor Research Water Bottle Parka Growler – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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The MoreBeer Logo Growler – $3.99 + Free Ship Eligible, Limited Availability

The MoreBeer!® Growler - 64 oz. GL510

The MoreBeer Logo Growler

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

This 64 oz growler is the perfect way to transport beer in style! These are half gallon glass growlers with the MoreBeer! logo screened onto the front and cursive text reading “Life is too short to drink cheap beer” on the back.

*NOTE* Does not come with a cap – must be purchased separately. See our GL510B.


 

Note that cap must be purchased separately.

Limited Availability Deal of the Day: As of this posting, this is marked down to $3.99 as a MoreBeer Deal of the DayShipping is also free to addresses in the contiguous US with most $59 Orders. Availability: This is available today only, while supplies last. Quantities are limited. Check the MoreBeer’s Deal of the Day to check today’s offering.

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The MoreBeer! Growler – 64 oz. GL510

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Holiday Gift Idea… This + Your Homebrew… 64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler… $14.99! + Free Shipping

64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler
64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Double Wall Insulation
  • Air-tight swing-top lid
  • BPA Free
  • Black

 

10/7/20 9 PM Central: This is selling for just $14.99.  Shipping is also free to many US addresses. Prices, shipping and availability can change quickly. Please note that product prices and availability are subject to change. Prices and availability were accurate at the time this post was published; however, they may differ from those you see when you visit Amazon. Check the product page for current price, description and availability.

Holiday Gift Idea… grab some of these to give away full of your homebrew around the holidays.

64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap for PET Bottles – works on gas AND liquid posts – $11.39 + free prime ship, w/coupon & Hands on Review

Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16" Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water

Stainless steel ball lock carbonation cap with barb.  Includes replacement o-ring.

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • 304 stainless steel will last a lifetime
  • Carbonate,cleaning your beer lines
  • Use it to counter pressure bottle fill PET bottles
  • Easy to install and use,with extra 5 piece of o-ring for replacement
  • Weight:3.5-3.6oz,stainless steel material 100/100,We are committed to offer you high quality product as well as superior service! Please feel free to tell us if any problems, we would try our best to satisfy you. Lifetime technical support.

“The post on this unique carbonation cap has been machined ,so it fit BOTH the liquid and gas ball lock disconnects.”

 

Applications:

  • PET Bottles as Growlers: These are generally intended to convert 1L and 2L bottles to growlers.  Fill up a 1L or 2L PET bottle with your favorite homebrew.  Put one of these on (purge the headspace by squeezing if you want to) and then pressurize for transport.  This should help to reduce oxygen pickup and maintain carbonation levels.
  • Fine tune or rapidly carbonate beer: You can also use this cap to rapidly carbonate beer.  Same process as for transport, just set your regulator to the proper pressure and shake or agitate the PET bottle to help introduce CO2.  Or hook it up to CO2 and let it sit in you kegerator.
  • Draft Line Cleaning Projects:  I have developed two draft line cleaning projects using similar SS Caps – Build A Recirculating Draft Line Cleaning Pump | Mark II Keg and Carboy Cleaner Draft Line Cleaning Pump Conversion

One of the questions that arises on these type of carb caps, is… does it work with both liquid and gas posts?  Some models are universal fit and some work only with gas posts.  For draft line cleaning projects to work well, at least in my opinion, the carb cap that’s used needs to be universal.  I’m happy to report that the one I received did indeed work with both liquid and ball lock posts.  Check the product description for current specs.

Check out my Hands on Review of this great carb cap.

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Ferroday Stainless Carbonation Cap Counter Pressure Bottle Filling With 5/16″ Barb,CO2 Coupling To Carbonate Soda Beer Fruit Juice Water


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Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers + Hands on Review

Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers
Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • PRESSURIZED growler dispensing has never been easier with the new Pressurized Growler Dispenser Tap. Fill up your favorite standard glass growler, attach the tap cap and regulator, use a single 12g CO2 cartridge and you’re ready to dispense!
  • BREWERY FRESH beer every time you go for another pint. The CO2 mini regulator lets you dispense your favorite craft beer at it’s proper serving pressure like it is straight from the tap!
  • PRESSURE RELIEF VALVE allows for easy oxygen purging to keep your beer fresh for weeks. Don’t settle for flat, tasteless growler beer ever again!
  • UNIVERSAL fit with all standard 64oz and 128oz glass growlers with 38mm threaded caps. Save money over expensive pressurized growler systems by using your existing growler with the Growler Dispenser Tap!
  • Don’t forget the cartridges! Cartridges are sold separately. We recommend 12g or 16g threaded food grade CO2 cartridges. A 12g cartridge will easily dispense 64oz of beer.

 

Converts compatible standard growlers so that you can store and serve using CO2 pressure.  Check out my in depth Hands on Review of this setup.

Pressurized CO2 Growler Dispenser Tap for Glass Beer Growlers – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Black Swing-top Lid and Adapter by ToteGlass – Convert Standard Growlers to Swing-Top Growlers + Hands on Review

Black Swing-top Lid and Adapter

Black Swing-top Lid and Adapter

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  • High Density Polyethylene (HDPE #2) Stopper and Adapter
  • 302 Unpolished Stainless Steel Bail and Lever Wire Components
  • Food-grade Rubber Gasket
  • Made in USA, Patented – 10,583,965

 

Note from HBF: This converts compatible, standard screw top growlers to a swing top closure.

Check out my Hands on Review!

Black Swing-top Lid and Adapter – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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Hands on Review: ToteGlass Swing-Top Lid Adapter for Growlers – Convert Standard Growlers to Swing-Top Growlers!

64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler

64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler
64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • Double Wall Insulation
  • Air-tight swing-top lid
  • BPA Free
  • Black

 

64 oz. Black Stainless Steel Double Wall Growler – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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GrowlerWerks uKeg 128 ounce [1 Gallon] Pressurized Growler

uKeg 128 Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer

uKeg 128 Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer by GrowlerWerks


From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • The uKeg 128 keeps beer fresh and carbonated for 2 weeks
  • Vacuum insulated 18/8 stainless steel keeps beer cold all day
  • Adjustable VPR cap and gauge enable perfect carbonation for different beer styles
  • Locking dispenser tap with interchangeable handle provides for endless personalization. Pressure Gauge – easily read the pressure inside the growler
  • Sight tube with pint and ounce measurements ensure you know when you’re getting low
  • Share your beer or homebrew with friends anytime, anywhere
  • Plated with a bright, durable copper finish for a true, old-fashioned brewery look
  • Holds up to 128 ounces of liquid


This is vacuum insulated, has a 1 gallon capacity, is pressurized and has a built in tap.  That makes it an on the go mini keg that, in many cases, won’t even need to be refrigerated.

uKeg 128 Pressurized Growler for Craft Beer


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1 Gallon Insulated Stainless Steel Growler with Regulator by Spotted Dog Brewing

128oz Stainless Steel Insulated Growler with Dispenser by Spotted Dog Company

128oz Stainless Steel Insulated Growler with Dispenser by Spotted Dog Company

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

  • KEEPS BEER FRESH. This pressurized system not only keeps your beer fresh and carbonated for days or weeks; it also has a faucet to dispense directly into you glass.
  • HUGE AND INSULATED! This growler holds double the volume of standard glass growlers and is insulated to keep your beer cold for 48 hours.
  • KEEPS BEER COLD FOR OVER 48 HOURS! A full pour only loses 4 degrees over 24 hours and 8 degrees over 48 hours while at room temperature.
  • GREAT VALUE. You will not find a stainless, insulated, portable dispensing system on Amazon for anywhere near this price.
  • FLEXIBLE. The included dispenser is also compatible with standard glass growlers.

 

This is basically portable mini keg.  128 ounces = 1 gallon.  It’s insulated, so it should keep your beer cold for a relatively long time without needing refrigeration.  Includes growler, CO2 regulator and faucet.  CO2 cartridges are sold separately.

128oz Stainless Steel Insulated Growler with Dispenser by Spotted Dog Company – note that multiple variations of this product may be available, as such a different version may appear at this link


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