Stainless Steel Growler?

Discussion in 'Breweriana' started by chrisbokmuller, Feb 8, 2013.

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  1. chrisbokmuller

    chrisbokmuller Sep 11, 2011 Michigan
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  2. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

  3. NJBeerNerd

    NJBeerNerd Jun 2, 2010 New Jersey

    Carton Brewing in Jersey sells that SS Growler and I really like it. Wasn't cheap ($30) but I think worth it and great to bring to the beach, poolside or boating. It's pretty crazy how much smaller they are than the glass growler.

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  4. chrisbokmuller

    chrisbokmuller Sep 11, 2011 Michigan
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    Yeah, I saw that one, kind of pricey. I know Short's has one too, I think it's the same one that I posted the link to, but with the branding on it, and for $25 plus shipping. It seems like they sell out super fast though.
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  5. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    Yeah, most of them are pricey. The cheapest one I've seen is the $30 one shown above.
  6. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Oct 28, 2011 Maine

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  7. steebo777

    steebo777 Jun 30, 2009 Michigan

  8. TheBeerAlmanac

    TheBeerAlmanac Mar 3, 2011 Kentucky
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    Have you all heard of this?

    I saw it on Kickstarter first, supposedly they're creating a lid + CO2 cartridge that lets you keep the beer carbonated. I'd be interested in giving it a try and I've seen a few breweries already carrying the growler itself.
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  9. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    My growler now with some brewery graffiti. Love this thing.
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  10. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    A coworker of mine was kind enough to surprise me today with a shorts stainless steel growler and it filled with Hopstache! My question, as I have never had this type of growler previously, how long will this last fresh before opening? and after the initial opening? In the past I have had various time frames with glass growlers and the caps causing flatness quicker on some than others. Thanks for your response in advance!
  11. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Keep it cold and it should be good for at least a few weeks, but the hops will fade like any other beer.
  12. ShogoKawada

    ShogoKawada May 31, 2009 Pennsylvania

    always a good rule to drink it as fast as possible.

    Once you open it, you should plan to empty it that evening.

    Any variance from this leads to at best a surprise and at worst (and most often) flat beer.
  13. Nachos4two

    Nachos4two Nov 26, 2011 Illinois
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    A few weeks before the initial opening? Thanks.
  14. bigedct

    bigedct Jun 23, 2011 Connecticut

    Assuming it has not even opened since it was filled, it should be good for a few weeks in you refrigerator. Once opened, consume immediately, worst case within 24 hours, after that you'll notice a marked loss of carbonation.
  15. afrokaze

    afrokaze Jun 12, 2009 Arizona
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    Yeah I meant before opening. I don't have a SS growler myself but I've heard they can hold temp/carb better than glass in most cases. Flip top ones aren't bad but screw tops are the worst.
  16. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Oct 24, 2009 California
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    For the issue with filling these SS growlers where you can't see how much has been filled, has anyone tried using one of those fishing line floats/bobbers? I'm imagining that you could insert one into growler before filling and as it fills, it would rise up to the top and float right into the opening.

    I'm going to purchase my first growler and debating whether to go SS or not. I would think this bobber-thing might work...
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  17. ncaudle

    ncaudle May 28, 2010 Virginia
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    I've never seen/heard of fill line on a stainless steel growler being an issue...
  18. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Dec 10, 2010 California

    Breweries just fill my SS growler right to the top. No air that way.
  19. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Oct 24, 2009 California
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    So when they fill the growler, do they let it sit for some time to let the head go down till they see no foam?
    If this is the norm for all breweries, then I guess there would be no issue?
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  20. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Dec 10, 2010 California

    Not really, at least not my experience. Fill till its foaming out the top and running a bit down the side and cap.
  21. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Oct 24, 2009 California
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    Cool (that sounded delicious btw).
    From what I gather, pros outweigh the cons with SS so I'll prob order one.
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  22. MrKennedy

    MrKennedy Dec 29, 2006 Australia
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    Mine gets condensation on the outside so you see a line as it fills.

    They also fill until it foams out the top with a bit of liquid.
  23. LostTraveler

    LostTraveler Oct 28, 2011 Maine

    I was pleasantly surprised when I accidently forgot a growler of Ed Fitz at my parents that I had opened and drankl about 2 beers out of. When they brought it back to me 2 months later it was still carbonated and delicious.
  24. antsmarchn

    antsmarchn Mar 28, 2007 New Jersey

    I was just in Oregon for vacation in June and bought the deschutes one. Was debating between the Brauler and Hydroflask, but settled on the Brauler. Although the HF is better insulated, after speaking to a number of breweries and bartenders, they all said the Brauler seals better, plus with the neoprene sleeve, it insulates it fairly well. The biggest selling point for me though was the new fresh cap that allows you to charge the growler with CO2.

    Popular Mechanics tested the 3 main stainless growlers if anyone is interested.
  25. Rollzroyce21

    Rollzroyce21 Oct 24, 2009 California
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  26. antsmarchn

    antsmarchn Mar 28, 2007 New Jersey

    It was pricey, I paid $50 for it. The only good news was it included a growler fill and our waiter threw in an extra bottle of the fresh squeezed IPA for me to ship home.
  27. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    My wife bought me a Fifty-Fifty vacuum insulated stainless steel growler as a wedding gift. Love it. It had some issues at first with the cap being too tight, but it's since subsided with use.

    The nice thing about these vacuum insulated growlers is I can get a fill and take it to some place outside (party, bottle share, etc...) and it won't warm up in the least bit. I'll actually get a growler, put it on the kitchen table, and drink it the next day and it's still cold! Saves fridge space! :)
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  28. morsetx

    morsetx Mar 10, 2013 Texas
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    Anybody seen a 32 oz. Swing top stainless?
  29. Lutter

    Lutter Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    No, but Austin Beerworks has so far put out 2 different 32oz stainless Sputnik growlers with a locking screw top... they're pretty badass. I think they're gone for this year (they had them at the brewery store for a while)... I use mine all the time for fills of higher ABV beers. Nice seal on them too. This is the manufacturer who sells blank and other designs on their site:
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  30. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Thanks for getting my concern answered.:)
  31. c64person

    c64person Mar 20, 2010 North Carolina
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    I really like my Short's SS growler, makes it easy to ship growlers to people, and since they are so expensive, I just ask the person to ship it back to me when they ship their brews to me (if they can do a growler fill with it, even better!) It seems much less likely to break, and holds its temp a little better than glass does.
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  32. ant880

    ant880 Nov 7, 2010 New York

  33. JrGtr

    JrGtr Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    I just found one today at Williams-Sonoma on sale for $20. Being in Massachusetts, I won't be able to get it filled at a brewery, but I plan to use it for homebrews.
  34. Hardcore

    Hardcore Jun 24, 2012 Hawaii

    I've been searching for these and haven't been able to find them anywhere for sale online. I found some glass ones from Stone and Deschutes, but they're glass. Anyone out there know where to buy a 32oz stainless steel growler? Thanks
  35. jessilea

    jessilea Apr 6, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I've seen many 64oz ss growlers, but none that are 32oz.
  36. sirtomtom

    sirtomtom Dec 10, 2010 California

  37. robieobie1

    robieobie1 Mar 2, 2012 Pennsylvania
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  38. VegasBeerMan

    VegasBeerMan Jul 28, 2007 Nevada

    Fort George Brewery in Astoria.

    I believe they sell them on their website; check them out...they look, feel, and play great.
  39. PookyBeerBear

    PookyBeerBear Jan 18, 2014 Australia

    A little late to the party on this conversation, but I'm leaning towards to 40 oz HydoFlask (or Firfy/Fifty) to take on a cycle tour I'm doing in the US later this year. I can fill up when I pass a brewery (my plan is to ensure I pass many!), and it should still be nice and cold for drinking at the end of the day. My only concern is that maybe breweries won't fill it, since it's a non-standard size. Anyone have any first-hand knowledge of whether breweries in the US are likely to fill a 40 oz bottle as I don't want to carry something I won't be able to get filled.

    My other thought is 2 of the 24 oz bottles they have, then we could each carry a bottle, and get different beers, or a tad extra each.

    Anyone have other thoughts?
  40. DougC123

    DougC123 Aug 21, 2012 Connecticut

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