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Title: Stout Question
Post by: whitey on October 04, 2010, 12:23:01 AM
I went to Granite City Brewery the other yesterday afternoon, and I bought a Growler of Stout to take home with me. The Waiter told me that I had about 24 hours to drink the growler othewise the stout would be flat.

True to what he said, 24 hours later the stuff tastes like cold coffee.

Is this normal?
Title: Re: Stout Question
Post by: mrbizness on October 04, 2010, 12:48:57 AM
If it's on nitrogen, it doesn't seem to last as long.  I have had growlers of beer that does not use nitrogen keep for a couple of weeks unopened.
Title: Re: Stout Question
Post by: tschmidlin on October 04, 2010, 03:26:28 AM
If it's got a good seal it should keep for longer than a day.  I've kept them for weeks with no problems.
Title: Re: Stout Question
Post by: jeffy on October 04, 2010, 11:18:54 AM
mrbizness and tschmidlin are both right!  I'm no lab tech or scientist, but I think if the stout was served on mixed gas or poured into the growler through a nitro tap, you'll need a lot more pressure to keep the carbonation in solution.  It will not have enough CO2 to keep it carbonated long.  If, however, there was no N2 involved as with most beers, then it should keep carbonated in the growler until it is opened.
Title: Re: Stout Question
Post by: bluesman on October 04, 2010, 04:55:01 PM
Depending on how tight of a seal but it will still be tasty in a few days. 

It probably wouldn't last that long in my house though.  ::)
Title: Re: Stout Question
Post by: tumarkin on October 04, 2010, 05:36:43 PM
Besides carbonation, the other issue to be concerned with (regarding growler storage) is oxidation. Many brewpubs just fill the growlers direct from the tap. Not always an issue, but oxidation can cause flavor degradation, increasing over time. Generally a good rule to drink it up quickly.

Before prohibition, growlers used to be open pails. The man of the house would send one of his young boys (or maybe a neighbor) down to the pub with a pail and the kid would bring back the beer - to be consumed pretty much right away. This was called rushing the growler. I've heard it said that the name came from the sound of the escaping CO2, giving off a 'growling sound.'  Don't know if that's correct, I sorta doubt it, but ???
Title: Re: Stout Question
Post by: dannyjed on October 04, 2010, 10:31:50 PM
I have had growlers go flat over night >:( I think that it also depends on the carbonation straight out of the tap as well.