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Old 08-03-2011, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Bench capper vs. hand capper

Anyone have any preference on these.

Is a bench capper any better than a hand capper

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:02 PM   #2
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I have a hand capper now and am looking to get a bench capper for my birthday. The hand capper is fine but I cant have a hold on my beer bottle. I haven't had one slip or fly out while capping but with a bench capper I'll have that peace of mind knowing that I'm supporting the bottle while capping.

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:14 PM   #3
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Good question. I use a hand capper and never plan on changing unless I start kegging?

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:15 PM   #4
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Good question. I use a hand capper and never plan on changing unless I start kegging?
Why would you change when you start kegging? You'll use a capper a lot less often then.
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I have a couple of OLD bench cappers. One is close to the first generation cappers since my grandfather used to make his own ketchup and bottle it in those thick old coke bottles.

Before I found these cappers in the hayloft of my dad's barn, I would have been perfectly content with my wing capper. But after using it and never having to worry about "can I cap this bottle" or any other issues, I will only ever get bench cappers from here on out. Since this one is old and made during the hayday of american manufacturing, I doubt I will ever need another one unless I lose it!

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I don't bottle much anymore, but when I did bottle, I had two of the red handled cappers break on me and fling pieces across the house. For my use now that I keg, the hand capper works fine assuming it doesn't break, but if I was still bottling on a regular basis I'd want to get a bench capper.

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PS, if you get a bench capper, keep a little scrap of 2x4 around. I use it so I can bottle entire batches in the small Sierra Nevada/Negro Modello/Anchor Steam bottles!

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Why would you change when you start kegging? You'll use a capper a lot less often then.
I bottle from the keg - beer gun.

Any one have any comments on the Agata capper ?

They sell for around 40.00

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When I first started, I used a hand capper. Upgraded to a bench capper, much easier. I am now kegging, MUCH easier!

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Why would you change when you start kegging? You'll use a capper a lot less often then.
Just meant I'd not cap at all. But I guess I'd still beer gun occasionally and yes, with a hand capper.
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