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Old 10-10-2007, 05:14 AM   #1
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Default Can't cap some re-used bottles

I spent a lot of time cleaning up some Pilzner Arquel bottles & my damn bottle capper won't cap them. The neck of the bottle is too large; so my bottle can't clamp down on the bottle. My capper is made by ... errr, the handle has "Brev. Italy" stamped on it. I'm pretty sure it's out of the catalog "Beer, beer, and more beer" (but I bought it in a kit from my LHBS).

Has anyone else had this problem? Is there any solution?

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Old 10-10-2007, 05:19 AM   #2
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Only thing to do is buy a bench caper. I know the frustration, I have a bunch of dos bottles that I was gonna use, but they wont work.

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Old 10-10-2007, 05:22 AM   #3
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There are several bottles the wing cappers don't seem to do well on. I never could cap Bass bottles and Bohemia bottles. You may be out of luck with capping them although a bench capper is liable to cap them.

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Old 10-10-2007, 06:05 AM   #4
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Glad I asked. I didn't know there was such a thing as a "bench caper". Are these expensive?

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about 35 bucks if I remember correctly.

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Old 10-10-2007, 08:14 AM   #6
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http://morebeer.com/view_product/15676/102304

There are some bottles you just have to write off. A bench caper may work on those. Bench cappers will also work on twist off's where wing cappers will not.
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Empties are so easy to come by that I just discard any bottles I can't recap.

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Old 10-10-2007, 12:56 PM   #8
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Same with me- I just avoid bottles that I know won't work. Pilsner Urquell is one, and I think some of the other green bottles like Becks don't work.

Drink Sam Adams! The label comes off easy too.

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It seems like several European beer bottles have a really skinny bead that makes it hard for the cap to grab. I've really found Sam Adams to be the easiest to both have the easiest labels to remove-as well as having a nice thick bead for capping.

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Widmer brothers beers are my fav. They are great heavy duty bottles. Labels come off easy too.

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