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Old 11-22-2012, 12:26 PM   #11
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OK, settle down. Missed the edit in your post. didn't realize these were older bottles. Never had a problem with the wing capper, so must be something with the bottles. Maybe try some sam adams or the newer pry offs.
Dave, sorry about getting a little excited. I ruined about a six pack in a 5 gallon batch so far.

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Yup, gotta love'em (assuming you can get them to seal). They are heavy and thick. About half of mine have some real character on the bottles where you know they've been run through the mill many, many times and just keep on going. If only they could talk.
I start really going through these thanks
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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.

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Old 11-22-2012, 12:52 PM   #13
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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?
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Old 11-22-2012, 01:19 PM   #14
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Try giving each one a good firm twist after you cap it. If they are tight they should not be a problem.

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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.
Great point. What capper you using?
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Yup, gotta love'em (assuming you can get them to seal). They are heavy and thick. About half of mine have some real character on the bottles where you know they've been run through the mill many, many times and just keep on going. If only they could talk.
The one thing I didn't do was to check all the bottles first so lesson learned here!
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Great point. What capper you using?
I have a "Red Barron" capper. It seems to cap most of the bottles I've collected. I've managed to break the neck off two bottles and have had 2 more that didn't seal but I've capped well over 1000 bottles with mine. it doesn't really like Corona or Heineken bottles but I cap them anyway. I like the short bottles for certain batches because I don't have to label them, I just know the I've only used the short ones for a certain type of beer and I like the clear Corona bottles to see what the beer looks like. I'm careful to keep those out of the light.
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