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Old 03-30-2013, 04:27 PM   #11
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We use a heavy plastic wing capper, but breakage during capping never happens!
the red baron capper isn't too bad but the black beauty capper wears fast and does horrible things to bottles
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:30 PM   #12
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I asked about the sanitizing because I know some people use their oven to sanitize. I would worry about using a oven just because I worry

Going with Cheezy on this. I have read tons of threads where winged cappers cause problems. I got lucky and bought a nice benchtop capper right out of the gate and never have had a bottle break or fail.
Maybe a different capper is the answer. Whats the model/name of the bench top capper you use?
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Old 03-30-2013, 08:08 PM   #13
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Maybe a different capper is the answer. Whats the model/name of the bench top capper you use?
Not sure of the model but it is a grifo benchtop capper and it is green. From what I understand the wing capper grabs the bottle on the neck and pushes the cap on while the bench top type pushes the whole cap and body down.

I would think the wing capper would be faster but after reading some of the problems folks have had I think slower is better.
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I got the super agata bench capper by Ferrari,the same ones that make the vinator & bottle tree. I wore out the bell on the Red Baron & did break a couple SN bottle necks with it.

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I've used my Red Baron capper for over twenty batches of beer...and I've broken off a few necks! I find I need to be GENTLE when pulling the handles down, and DON'T pull them too tightly. Once I got that figured out, I haven't had any broken bottle necks in quite a few batches.

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I got the super agata bench capper by Ferrari
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I too broke one bottle on about my fourth batch using the Red Baron. After adjusting my technique, I've not broken one in about 20 batches. I'm considering that Ferrari myself.

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I just replaced it because I've found that the bell on the Red Baron has stretched out just enough to not seal the caps real well. When the room would get really warm,I could smell sweetish malt.

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If I had any bottles break with an IIPA in them, I would take it as a sign from the beer gods that it's time to step up to kegging. I feel your pain, man. Thinking about pouring out an imperial is making me want to cry.
Definitely this. Sounds like the beer gods are sending out the message of a new kegging setup.
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I've used a red double handled capper now for 36 batches and have had no problems. I don't see any difference in it since the day I bought it. I suspect they can wear out but??

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