View Full Version : 1 Gallon Glass Carboys.

03-09-2011, 01:57 AM
Here in California it used be that you could get 2 different kinds of Apple Juice in 1 Gallon glass bottles that were perfect for brewing in.

Both 365 (which is whole foods private labeled apple juice) and Santa Cruz apple juice came in one gallon bottles that had large openings which were great in that fruit and other additions were much easier to get in and out. In addition carboy caps fit over them very nicely which makes racking easier and avoids all oxidation.

However 365 has switched to 1 Gallon jugs with the smaller opening, the same as a one gallon wine bottle. Even worse Santa Cruz switched to 3 qt bottles, and left the pricing the same as it was for the 1 gallon without ever telling anyone. If you want to see highway robbery Amazon still sells 3 bottles for $45 or so, 2.25 gallons for the same jacked up price they used to get for 3 gallons.

So Iíve started complaining to every whole food store I go into about this, it all falls on deaf ears. So if everyone of us (at least those of us in the US) started complaining and calling the offices of both Santa Cruz and Whole Foods, who knows maybe we could get at least one of them to change back.


03-09-2011, 02:10 AM
I remember when Santa Cruz switched to the 3 qt jugs. I actually bought a couple and they come in handy for 1-gal primary + 3 qt secondary gigs. I was pretty peeved about the same price for less stuff, but with the cost of food going up I'm not surprised.

03-09-2011, 03:16 AM
I don't care if they increase the prices, unfortunately I only have 8 of the jugs with the large mouths and they are full. I went down to buy 4 more (they give discounts if you buy a case) and guess what I get 5 gallons of Cyser to boot.


03-10-2011, 12:37 PM
I teach at a Catholic grade school and I just realized this past week that I have been passing up a golden opportunity. The church orders communion wine in 1 gallon glass jugs. I rescued two out of the recycle bin last week and it was only then that the light bulb went off in my head.

So, talk to whoever handles recycling/cleaning etc at your church (or family member or friend if you do not attend) and see if you can score a similar deal. I bet the right person can keep you plenty supplied for a homebrewed beer, mead, or bottle of wine.

good luck in your search.

03-10-2011, 04:28 PM
Hello cerna348,

Welcome to GOTMEAD?

Great score, thanks for the post.

03-10-2011, 04:54 PM
Clever idea, cerna. Thanks for the tip. I've been looking for 1gal carboys, myself.