Using Your Pressurized Growler For The First Time

1. Wash Your Growler

(See “Cleaning and Sanitizing for more in-depth discussion) Rinse cap, cartridge holder and growler with warm tap water. Shake, pour water out. Locate the packet of PBW included with your
purchase and empty the contents into the growler. Fill to top again.

2. Put a CO2 Cartridge in your cap

(if you prefer, you can first Fill your growler (Step 3) at the Brew Pub, then charge your cap after the growler is full).

Locate one of the two food grade CO2 cartridges included in your box. Turn gas Regulator Dial on top of cap to “off” position (don’t over tight- en). Hold the CO2 cartridge holder upright, and drop the cartridge into the cartridge holder with the narrow neck of the cartridge facing up. Screw the cartridge holder into the cap (you may hear a small release of gas when the cylinder is punctured, just keep screwing the cartridge holder into the cap. Hand tight is all that is necessary, don’t overtighten. YOUR CAP IS NOW READY.

3. Fill

Foaming out the top is not a problem, but it is recommended the fill level to just below the growler neck. You will need room for the cap to be inserted into the growler. Cap it.

4. Regulate your CO2

Check your tap is locked. Then slowly turn the regulator dial toward on, watching the pressure gauge as you release pressure. Once you have about 12 PSI  – the middle of the green on the PSI gauge – turn the regulator dial to off. If you released more than 15 PSI into the growler, then slowly pull on the zipper tab to release a little pressure. (10-15 is the right pressure to tap out your beer at a reasonable rate)

5. Tap

Unlock the tap, open the tap and enjoy! Regulate flow by adding pressure as needed, and for storing your beer. (for units without the built in tap, with a pressurized growler, slowly pull on the zipper tab to release the pressure before unscrewing the cap! Open and pour.)

Safety Notice

Warning: Included in your purchase is Craft Master Growler food safe CO2 cartridges which is required use for the Craft Master CO2 cap. We include the highest quality natural, food grade CO2. Cartridges contain significant pressure and must be handled and stored with care. Keep out of reach of children, store in a cool dry place, and never expose to heat or flame. When charging your Craft Master Growler with a CO2 cartridge always point the cap and cartridge top away from your face and body. Be mindful when your growler is charged, and use the included hand tag as a reminder.  Before you remove the cap from your growler always turn regulator dial on the cap to “off” position, release growler pressure by the zipper tab on the pressure release safety value.

Once the cap is removed and anytime you unscrew the cartridge holder from the CO2 cap first check the pressure is released by turning the regulator dial to “on” to be sure gas is completely expelled. Next slowly unscrew the cartridge holder from the cap. The pressure of a partially, or even a full cylinder of CO2 will be harmlessly released if you slowly unscrew the cartridge holder from the cap, keeping hands and face away from any release of unused CO2 remaining.

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