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Old 12-29-2013, 01:18 AM   #21
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I have many bottles that have been refilled dozens of times for over 5 years now. I really don't think they have a limit. Mine are mostly Sierra Nevadas and I use my original metal wing capper and I don't want to keg!.. for several reasons.
I want to keg, but money is everybodies limitation in one way or another.

I tried using a Metal Wing Capper and unfortunately the stupid thing had a plastic insert in the bell that the flanges on the bottle caps fit between and wouldn't seal all of them down. Took it back and traded it for the only other one the LHBS had which was a black plastic capper, have had no issues with it except for shearing off bottle crowns.

I'm set for life though, the same LHBS has a pile of free craft brew bottles at the front of the store that just need to be cleaned, you get to take as many as you want! Unfortunately half of the box I grabbed was the little 11.2oz bottles instead of the 12oz... I will probably be taking those back.
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Old 12-29-2013, 03:24 AM   #22
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I use Sierra Nevada bottles almost exclusively. I haven't had any bottle break on my yet. However, I'm not using a bench capper either. I'm still using one of those wing-thing hand held units. I have a bench capper, actually a pretty good one I inherited from my father. But I really just prefer the cheap wing-thing doodad.

That noted. I have some bottles with more than 10 refills on them and they are still going. Not even a chip.

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Old 12-29-2013, 01:10 PM   #23
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i used a wing capper when I first started. I had the same problem with the tops breaking off. I switched to a bench capper about 12 years ago and have no problems. hell, my 6 y/o uses it. it stores nice. there's about a thousand places to keep it and well worth the investment.

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Old 12-29-2013, 01:22 PM   #24
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I use only the standard short bottles (Firestone Walker, Lagunitas etc) and have used most upwards of 6 times with a wing capper and no problems. I wouldn't use Sam Adam's bottles mainly because I don't want someone else's logo on my beer

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Old 12-29-2013, 01:27 PM   #25
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Ok....so who can suggest "the best" bench capper out there
This is the one that I have....
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...ch-capper.html

I inherited it from my brother so its about 15-17 yrs old but still works like a charm. At >$40 its a good investment for those that bottle their brew. The only time I had a problem with this bench capper was when the bottle had a defect that I didn't catch during sanitizing/cleaning. So more of a bottle issue than a capper issue.

If you search ebay/craigslist you can probably find them for cheaper from fellow brewers that are moving over to kegging or getting out of the hobby.

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This is the one that I have....
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/b...ch-capper.html

I inherited it from my brother so its about 15-17 yrs old but still works like a charm. At >$40 its a good investment for those that bottle their brew. The only time I had a problem with this bench capper was when the bottle had a defect that I didn't catch during sanitizing/cleaning. So more of a bottle issue than a capper issue.

If you search ebay/craigslist you can probably find them for cheaper from fellow brewers that are moving over to kegging or getting out of the hobby.

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that's the same one I have. mine's only 12, but seen hundreds of bottles through. hells, I'm still using bottles from a decade ago with no issue.
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Old 12-29-2013, 01:44 PM   #27
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I've been bottling for several years now, and I'm sure some of these are the bottles that came with my original kit. I use the red plastic wing capper.

Seems the thickest bottles are the ones with glass collars, like some New Belgium bottles.

I've noticed that beer bottles are not round. Roll some between your palms. They're all wonky. I wonder how many beer bottle makers there are.

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