eddysnake wrote:Thanks c2i. I usually fill up when I goto a brewery, but I noticed bars advertising to fill up. I have a nice little bar in my town that gets a lot of good beers on tap that I can't find in bottle shops (around where I live at least). With 3 kids, I'm not going out like I used to and figured I would ask them if they could fill a growler as it's a few blocks from my house. I wasn't sure if there were certain tools needed to make a clean transfer.
A few things to keep in mind:
1. You're not going to be able to let them sit for very long. I'd say if you cap it and don't touch it, it's got a week until the carbonation goes, so you want to drink them within a few days. You don't put leftover chinese in the fridge and eat it 2 weeks later, right?
2. The amount of time that it takes to make beer bad by some sort of infection is somewhat slow and to couple with that, the amount of time it takes to actually taste that infection is generally even slower.
infections that attack beer generally are not a health concern to humans, they just cause the beer to taste off.
That being said, you obviously want a clean growler and places that are used to filling growlers have clean tubing to fill them, if they don't, the taps at a good place should be cleaned regularly enough that you shouldn't have to worry about any health risks.