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Old 01-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #11
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Damn, guess the Colonna can create a dent/dimple as well:

http://forum.northernbrewer.com/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=87257

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/colonna-capper-corker-creating-indentations-92306/

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/capper-choice-agata-vs-colonna-69923/#post726271

Looks like I'll check out the super agata.

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Old 01-25-2012, 10:25 PM   #12
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I have the super agata and i like it. I wish i bought the regular one because i keep lifting the lever too high and it raises up out of adjustment. I cork with the red Portuguese floor corker and love it

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Old 01-25-2012, 11:07 PM   #13
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I use the Super Agata Bench Capper. I used a wing capper for like 2-3 batches and thought it sucked. I would never go back from a bench capper. I've sprayed it with pam to lube it up.

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Old 01-25-2012, 11:42 PM   #14
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Maybe you need to adjust the height/depth of the bell properly and it won't create a dimple. It could be as easy as turning a screw, or maybe swapping out an existing standoff with a screw you can adjust and a locknut.

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Old 01-26-2012, 12:09 AM   #15
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I've got this capper: http://morebeer.com/view_product/15672//Bottle_Capper_-_Brev

It places a dimple in the middle of every cap.
Does it look like as pictured?



If it does, the ring is from the bell.
The bell should be a 26 mm bell not 28 or 30mm for standard crowns.
Excess force will do it too or lousy made bell.
I used excess force to create the ring as pictured.
My capper is a pneumatic version.



If it is a dimple from the ejector pin with magnet you may be able to adjust the retracted position.
Put the capper wing arms down and look at the ejector, should behind or close to the bell's ring.
If not unscrew the bell a few turns until pin is in the correct position.

Edit:weirdboy typed faster

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:34 AM   #16
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Great ideas, but I don't see anything on the capper that's adjustable. There are no screws, everything is riveted together, including the bell.

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Old 01-26-2012, 02:45 AM   #17
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I have that Brev capper and the Red Baron capper. The metal frame capper has a plastic insert inside the bell that's held in place by a rivet, so the bell is not adjustable. The rivet is the thing causing the dimple. The Red Baron is hit or miss from what I have seen, and it depends on the bottle as well as force applied to the capper. Adjusting the bell on the Red Baron did not help for me, because it has a ridge around the inner hole of the bell where the magnet slides through, and that is what is causing the dimple on my bottles. Like I said, with the Red Baron capper some bottles have a very light dimple but most don't.

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:36 PM   #18
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I use the Super Agata Bench Capper. I used a wing capper for like 2-3 batches and thought it sucked. I would never go back from a bench capper. I've sprayed it with pam to lube it up.
+1 to the super agata bench capper.. its very easy to adjust to each bottle, especially if they are different heights.. i'm speaking for SWMBO because i'm the one that fills, she's the one that caps, but she loves it
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I have a Red Baron that I got with an Ale Pale kit, years ago... it leaves dimples if I crank down too hard, otherwise it's fine for what it is.

It does suck though, for 1L bottles. I can't really use it due to the shape of my bottles. I managed to get one capped before I gave up and just went to the optional rubber flip-tops for the bottles.

Next time around, I'm going to get a bench capper. They look like they're worth the $36.
http://www.ritebrew.com/product-p/863547.htm

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You could try to lube the bell with Vaseline or something and cap harder to break in the bell.
Or ask SWMBO to lube your bell...its always more fun with a friend!
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