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Title: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 14, 2014, 07:08:06 pm
I'm just wondering if you think it is possible to bottle beer in canning jars, crank the lid on real tight. Reason is Canada customs seems to like my beer, so I'm thinking if I send to my friends there in Canada, I might be able to pull a fast one on em. I guess I will try one pint next bottling day, but was wondering if anyone has any thoughts...
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: Stevie on May 14, 2014, 07:12:00 pm
Canning jars are designed to hold a vacuum not pressure. One bump and the co2 erupts spewing out the seal.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: Jimmy K on May 14, 2014, 07:12:36 pm
They are not really designed to hold pressure inside, but maybe.

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Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 14, 2014, 07:23:06 pm
Good points, I guess I will do a 1 pint test next time, and shake it up a bit to see what happens.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rjharper on May 14, 2014, 07:34:04 pm
They don't seal well enough with positive pressure. I've tried to use them as pseudo growlers in the past; fill a couple of pints, take to a party, remove lid, instant pint... Turned into a leaky foamy mess in my bag  :o
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: dkfick on May 14, 2014, 07:57:50 pm
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 14, 2014, 08:03:36 pm
They don't seal well enough with positive pressure. I've tried to use them as pseudo growlers in the past; fill a couple of pints, take to a party, remove lid, instant pint... Turned into a leaky foamy mess in my bag  :o
Thanks Ross, is good to know that it was tried and failed.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 14, 2014, 08:05:01 pm
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
Good idea, glass soda bottle, maybe Canada Dry
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: dkfick on May 14, 2014, 08:08:42 pm
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
Good idea, glass soda bottle, maybe Canada Dry
Why bother with a glass bottle... Plastic bottles are lighter and ship better.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 14, 2014, 08:20:02 pm
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
Good idea, glass soda bottle, maybe Canada Dry
Why bother with a glass bottle... Plastic bottles are lighter and ship better.
Are you saying i can just put the twist-on cap back on a plastic bottle? Never used plastic but like the idea,
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: dkfick on May 14, 2014, 08:25:29 pm
Yeah you can do exactly that.  Though you would want to clean both or your beer might taste like pop ;-)

You can even buy amber plastic bottles from most homebrew supply stores (though they look like big plastic beer bottles so they won't work for something like this).
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 14, 2014, 08:30:58 pm
Yeah you can do exactly that.  Though you would want to clean both or your beer might taste like pop ;-)

You can even buy amber plastic bottles from most homebrew supply stores (though they look like big plastic beer bottles so they won't work for something like this).
Thanks, i will give this a try with the plastic bottles
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: erockrph on May 14, 2014, 08:57:00 pm
Yeah you can do exactly that.  Though you would want to clean both or your beer might taste like pop ;-)

You can even buy amber plastic bottles from most homebrew supply stores (though they look like big plastic beer bottles so they won't work for something like this).

Actually, they would probably work pretty well if you slap a homemade root beer label on them...
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: dkfick on May 14, 2014, 08:58:26 pm
Yeah you can do exactly that.  Though you would want to clean both or your beer might taste like pop ;-)

You can even buy amber plastic bottles from most homebrew supply stores (though they look like big plastic beer bottles so they won't work for something like this).

Actually, they would probably work pretty well if you slap a homemade root beer label on them...

Heh yeah that's not a bad idea ;-)
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: gmac on May 14, 2014, 09:17:47 pm
What's the problem?  I've shipped beer south but never back home. But I am surprised you had that much of an issue.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: Jimmy K on May 14, 2014, 10:22:03 pm
I think you could use a regular soda bottle and buy the threaded caps for those amber plastic beer bottles. I think they are the same threads. Check that first though.

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Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: Stevie on May 15, 2014, 03:45:08 am
Some do, some don't. I may have used them in the past to bring vodka place where it is generally not allowed.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: rodmanxxx on May 15, 2014, 07:20:01 am
I had 2 of 4 packages mysteriously 'disappear' last winter. Thinking that they got confiscated by customs as you are not supposed to ship alcohol across the border, I am trying to come up with a different packaging. Root beer sounds good.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: dkfick on May 15, 2014, 07:24:01 am
I had 2 of 4 packages mysteriously 'disappear' last winter. Thinking that they got confiscated by customs as you are not supposed to ship alcohol across the border, I am trying to come up with a different packaging. Root beer sounds good.
could have been due to broken bottles.  Then they realize what it was and just don't ship it.  Plastic would help with that as well as it will take quite a beating to break a pop bottle open.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: gmac on May 15, 2014, 10:05:21 am
I had 2 of 4 packages mysteriously 'disappear' last winter. Thinking that they got confiscated by customs as you are not supposed to ship alcohol across the border, I am trying to come up with a different packaging. Root beer sounds good.

That's odd. I would want to know why it disappeared even if it wasn't allowed. You should have gotten some indication I would think. I've had beer and homemade meat goods shipped to me here in Canada without issue but maybe I got lucky. Good luck with the root beer approach.
Title: Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
Post by: tschmidlin on May 16, 2014, 01:03:28 am
I had 2 of 4 packages mysteriously 'disappear' last winter. Thinking that they got confiscated by customs as you are not supposed to ship alcohol across the border, I am trying to come up with a different packaging. Root beer sounds good.
I have had beer freeze when shipping it in winter.  Then it thaws in the warehouse and makes a mess.  They have notified me, but thrown it away.