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Offline rodmanxxx

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Can you bottle in canning jars?
« on: May 14, 2014, 06:08:06 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...
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2014, 06:12:00 PM »
Canning jars are designed to hold a vacuum not pressure. One bump and the co2 erupts spewing out the seal.

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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2014, 06:12:36 PM »
They are not really designed to hold pressure inside, but maybe.

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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #3 on: May 14, 2014, 06:23:06 PM »
Good points, I guess I will do a 1 pint test next time, and shake it up a bit to see what happens.
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2014, 06:34:04 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
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #5 on: May 14, 2014, 06:57:50 PM »
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #6 on: May 14, 2014, 07:03:36 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.
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #7 on: May 14, 2014, 07:05:01 PM »
Maybe try a cola bottle with the label still on?  Honest it's only pepsi...
Good idea, glass soda bottle, maybe Canada Dry
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #8 on: May 14, 2014, 07:08:42 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.
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #9 on: May 14, 2014, 07:20:02 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,
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #10 on: May 14, 2014, 07:25:29 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).
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2014, 07:30:58 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
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #12 on: May 14, 2014, 07:57:00 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...
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2014, 07:58:26 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 ;-)
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Re: Can you bottle in canning jars?
« Reply #14 on: May 14, 2014, 08:17:47 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.