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Old 07-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #1
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Default Just bought a bench capper and bottles get stuck after capping..

I am wondering if I am the only one who has this problem.

I cap...and the bottle gets lifted up and is stuck to the metalic part of the capper. I need to use force to get it out of there, but I am afraid of breaking the capper. Any ideas what to use to make the metallic part slippery enough to avoid this?

I have tried basic lubricants (motor chain, door spray...no luck).

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Any chance the capper came with a 29mm bell instead of 26mm?

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Any chance the capper came with a 29mm bell instead of 26mm?

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Came with both. 26 is on....and I am trying to cap normal, 26mm bottlenecks.
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I had the same problem with the one I bought. I went back to the wing capper until I got my kegging system.

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The instructions I got with my super agata bench capper say to lube the inside of the bell. Maybe some vasaline? Mine sticks on some bottles too. Like the ones with the slightly shorter neck.

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Some bottles just stick for me. Try a variety of bottles and see if some work fine and some stick.

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I use olive oil, and it seems to work fine. One thing I did was take out the center magnet on mine, but I think that was because I thought it wasn't clamping the caps around the neck well enough. Also, I think there is a little bit of breaking in period with them. Mine seemed to get stuck for a few batches, and now I don't need to put olive oil on it much anymore. When it does stick, there are two things to do.

1. Crimp it down again. It may have not gotten a good seal. This seems to be especially bad with short necks. It's just the spacing of the slots on mine. I guess if you were doing a whole batch of shortnecks, you could use a silicone mat (between the bottle and the bottom of the capper, not the capper and the counter) or something to raise the bottle a little bit.

2. If it is stuck after crimping it down again, then pull down while twisting. That helps a lot.

Anyway, after these couple hacks, mine works great.

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The instructions I got with my super agata bench capper say to lube the inside of the bell. Maybe some vasaline? Mine sticks on some bottles too. Like the ones with the slightly shorter neck.
Good idea.....gotta get a small amount of vaseline from someone. So far....the motor oils dont work at all. It has to be something butter like texture. Thanks.
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Some also use vasoline on keg seals. Cheaper than keg lube & supposedly the same thing.

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I use olive oil, and it seems to work fine. One thing I did was take out the center magnet on mine, but I think that was because I thought it wasn't clamping the caps around the neck well enough. Also, I think there is a little bit of breaking in period with them. Mine seemed to get stuck for a few batches, and now I don't need to put olive oil on it much anymore. When it does stick, there are two things to do.

1. Crimp it down again. It may have not gotten a good seal. This seems to be especially bad with short necks. It's just the spacing of the slots on mine. I guess if you were doing a whole batch of shortnecks, you could use a silicone mat (between the bottle and the bottom of the capper, not the capper and the counter) or something to raise the bottle a little bit.

2. If it is stuck after crimping it down again, then pull down while twisting. That helps a lot.

Anyway, after these couple hacks, mine works great.
hey reverend.

I have just tried that too....it wont work...the metal parts sucks it in...when I force the bottle out...it is actually propelled out. funny as hell....but I cant laugh at it.
Thanks for the advice.
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