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Old 06-21-2008, 11:29 PM   #1
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Default Won't you be my neighbor?

So I was bottling my Sterling Gold today (39 bottles). 12 bottles deep, my capper that I loved so dearly snaps in half. What do you do now?

Well, I head over to my neighbors house, broken capper in hand, and ask if he can help me rig this thing to work for 27 more bottles. We start searching around, and nothing we find is going to make the thing hold. So I get back to my house, super glue and zip tie the thing together and it "kinda works."

A knock on my door brings my neighbor, who is the ultimate Mr. Handy vs me (5 year olds can beat me in construction techniques). I answer the door hoping he has an idea to help me cap my open bottles. No he brings over his Antique Capper, that his father in law gave him (who worked for Schlitz) and we polish off the bottles.

Guess who's getting his favorite batch of beer brewed for him! What an amazing guy. His comment: "I guess I saved the brewery today."

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Old 06-22-2008, 12:57 AM   #2
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what a nice guy

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Old 06-22-2008, 01:28 AM   #3
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nice, how well did the antique capper work? I have one from the 30s or 40s that works better than most new ones.

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Old 06-22-2008, 02:15 AM   #4
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That is the exact same capper we used. It was a very difficult process, but it was way better than nothing! If you have that thing dialed in, kudos to you.

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Old 06-22-2008, 02:20 AM   #5
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I haven't used my wing capper since SWMBO brought this home from a garage sale.

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Old 06-22-2008, 02:52 AM   #6
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That is very nice. I am a retired tool and die maker and that capper is designed right and will last 6 life times or more. As has been said before "They don't make them like that any more".

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Old 06-22-2008, 03:31 AM   #7
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I haven't used my wing capper since SWMBO brought this home from a garage sale.
Is that a Big Ben capper? I have one. They rock!
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I still have my gradparents crock pots and capper besides the old porcelain wire capped bottles, old country southern Germans came to the USA back in 1924 thru Ellis island and a Ohio labor camp. One year to pay for the passage to the USA, then to be with brother John who came to America and operated a bakery in 1911. Oldest bakery wood fired in the west.
They made Bier thru the probition era, screw the laws of not making bier.
Well it's my turn for home brewing AG, well when the backs better to build my own unit. Future dream stage need back surgery.

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Old 06-22-2008, 11:40 AM   #9
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That's a good neighbor. Time to get him homebrewing!!

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