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Old 04-02-2013, 12:09 PM   #31
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Do you guys get dents in the top of your caps from the bench cappers? I've been using the colona (sp?) capper/corker and I'm afraid I might crush the bottles.

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:29 PM   #32
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I don't get the dents with mine but I have seen plenty of dented caps here in the forum. I think you are fine.

My capper I lean on pretty hard when I cap and have never broke a bottle yet. I say that as I knock on wood

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Old 04-02-2013, 03:56 PM   #33
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The dents are not an issue. Some cappers make them and some do not. I have the Colonna capper/corker and it makes those little circles on top. Not a big deal.

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Old 04-03-2013, 02:37 PM   #34
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When we cap with the wing capper we give a little extra umph at the end in order to produce the indentation, thinking that was the assurance that a tight seal was achieved. That extra squeeze might be stressing the bottle neck, but then just the fact the neck is getting pinched below the cap might be enough to cause the weakness. Bench capper with just downward force sounds like the solution. Good to know the indentation in the cap is NOT necessary!

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Old 04-03-2013, 03:16 PM   #35
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The dents are not an issue. Some cappers make them and some do not. I have the Colonna capper/corker and it makes those little circles on top. Not a big deal.
This.

I have the red wing capper that comes in NB's starter kits. Two of them.

No matter how hard I press down, I've never gotten a ring or dot.
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:34 PM   #36
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I've broken a few bottles while capping, using the 'black beauty' wing capper. The trick is to just be gentle, and don't force it. I usually have to rotate bottles once or twice to get the capper to work smoothly.


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The dents are not an issue. Some cappers make them and some do not. I have the Colonna capper/corker and it makes those little circles on top. Not a big deal.
LBussy, I've been seriously considering getting that capper/corker. How do you like it?
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Old 04-03-2013, 03:47 PM   #37
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I've had newer Founder's bottles do this, are they normal longnecks or a different kind? Also, hold by the neck to uncap, not the base.

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Old 04-03-2013, 04:03 PM   #38
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LBussy, I've been seriously considering getting that capper/corker. How do you like it?
I'm a kegger so take this FWIW:

It is new to me so I have not had a chance to wear it out. There are no instructions but possibly enough moving parts to need them.

For capping, it's a no-brainer. It is n excellent and very sturdy bench capper. It is large enough and the base is firm enough that securing it to a counter was not needed for the couple of six packs I have run through it. I capped both champagne bottles and beer bottle and it had no issues with either. It does leave those little dimples people seem to be so concerned about. I believe it's just an artifact of how the bells are made.

For corking I had some issues. I am NOT a wine maker so this may reasonably be attributed to me not having experience. It was relatively easy for me to get the ram off-center. Since the ram is smaller than the cork it leaves a small dimple as well that mostly goes away after about a week. Since it leaves the dimple a couple of my corks are "ugly" having been rammed off-center. There's probably some simple way to ensure this does not happen and I'll play with it some more. (if anyone has some hints here I am all ears) It does have a sort of tapered funnel thing that drops down on the bottle that I am guessing prevents this - and I am sure it is my ham-fisted operations preventing it from helping me.

All in all it is a BEEFY piece of equipment. The mechanical advantage is as good as any I have used. The adjustments available are more than I will ever need. I am pleased with the investment and I am looking forward to learning to use it better.
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Old 04-04-2013, 05:03 PM   #39
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I had a bottle break on me as I opened it once, cut up three of my fingers something good. It was a New Belgium bottle. Needless to say, I don't use those bottles anymore, they use cheap glass.
If you want to avoid bottles breaking and want good, strong glass, get yourself some Sammy Smith's bottles. Those are the ****!

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Old 04-05-2013, 03:38 AM   #40
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I had a bottle break on me as I opened it once, cut up three of my fingers something good. It was a New Belgium bottle.
+1 on the New Belgium bottles. If you have a benchtop capper they'e OK, otherwise throw them into the recycling bin.
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