Originally Posted by RM-MN
I have a policy that when a bottle refuses to cap properly with my capper or when a bottle doesn't seal I pitch that bottle and replace it. My LHBS sells new bottles by the case, they are all the same height and are made for my kind of capper and since they are indefinitely reusable, the cost per bottle is near zero.
You've already lost a 6 pack of beer worth (at the local store if buying) $10 to $15. That goes a long way toward a case of new bottles.
I hate dumping beers so i think thats why i was so pissed. I've brewed a couple hundred batches but I've only bottled maybe 100 bottles with this capper. I've always used swing tops and have just started using bombers and regular bottles. This capper is virtually new. Since I'm such a rookie at this kind of bottling I had no idea where to start looking.
You guys have given me some great places to start looking. I opened a beer last night. One of my super hop bombs and it was dead flat. I just went and looked at the bottle I had drying and the top of the rim of the bottle had small little chips in the glass. That gets tossed and I already feel closer now to figuring this out. Since the red capper is like new, isn't I hard to believe that's the culprit with so many brewers using them?