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Old 07-07-2008, 08:28 PM   #1
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Default The End All, Do all, Be All Capper/Corker

Has anybody found it?

The reason I ask is several fold:
I brew beer, I need to cap the standard crown caps.
I also have several european bottles that take the 29mm caps.
I have a growing collection of Belgian bottles which need a cork.
My wife wants me to start making wine, so I need a corker.

Is there a single capper/corker out there that can do all of these? I wanna cap standard 26mm bottles, 29mm bottles, cork Belgian bottles & in the future cork wine bottles. Any chance of one unit doing all this? I'm not afraid of buying different bells for it, but am afraid of having 2 seperate machines.

For you keggers: YES I know kegging would be easier, but..... I've got kegs too.. I just don't want to tie up a keg for stuff I don't drink much of.
Thanks guys. I want website links or personal war stories. My credit card is itching in my wallet!!!!

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:55 PM   #2
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The agata bench capper has interchangable bells so you can buy the 29mm bell and switch them out as necessary.

For corking you'll need another piece of equipment, cappers can't do the job. A floor corker is probably where you'll wanna go with that.

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Old 07-07-2008, 08:57 PM   #3
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The Colonna Capper/Corker should work for you. Don't have one and never used one, but from what I have found and read it works great. There is a Colonna Capper that is half the price, so make sure it says it is a capper/corker if you buy one.

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Old 07-07-2008, 09:04 PM   #4
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I will second Evan! Go for the separate equipment. Agata and a floor capper will make you the happiest.

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+1 the colonna capper/corker

I got mine about a month ago. It comes with three different size bells and a corker adapter. I haven't corked anything yet, but it does a good job bottling. I got it specifically because I didn't want to have to buy a separate corker later. I found one on sale for $50 +tax + shipping = $65 to my door. They've since raised the price to $60, so you might be able to find it a little cheaper if you shop around.

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+1 the colonna capper/corker

I got mine about a month ago. It comes with three different size bells and a corker adapter. I haven't corked anything yet, but it does a good job bottling. I got it specifically because I didn't want to have to buy a separate corker later. I found one on sale for $50 +tax + shipping = $65 to my door. They've since raised the price to $60, so you might be able to find it a little cheaper if you shop around.
Is that thing all plastic including the drive mechanism? That seems a little scary for longevity.
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Is that thing all plastic including the drive mechanism? That seems a little scary for longevity.
Yeah, it's all plastic (except for the plate the bottle sits on and the lever), which was a small concern for me at first, but not after I used it a couple of times. This thing is heavy duty. I'd actually be more concerned about the light metal cappers breaking before this thing. I know Big Kahuna has the same one and he's corked with it as well and I'm sure he'd say the same thing.

I actually just bottled another batch tonight with it. No problems.
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Ok, so the super colonna capper/corker it is.

Has anybody got good links for reviews of it online? What size bell(s) does it come with? Does it automatically adjust to bottle height? What about Belgian bottles where the cork dosen't go all the way in?

I googled this I swear, but can'tmuch in the way of reviews or even really solid product information.

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Ok, so the super colonna capper/corker it is.

Has anybody got good links for reviews of it online? What size bell(s) does it come with? Does it automatically adjust to bottle height? What about Belgian bottles where the cork dosen't go all the way in?

I googled this I swear, but can'tmuch in the way of reviews or even really solid product information.

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I feel your pain. I couldn't find any reviews either. I just made the plunge. It has the standard 26mm, 29mm, and 32mm I think. I'm not sure about the last one. And I don't know about your corking question as I haven't done that yet.

It's not automatically adjusting, but the bottom plate slides out easy enough to different levels. after a few batches, you'll get a feel for where to put the plate for different size bottles and it will literally only take about 2 seconds to adjust it.

I half reviewed it in this thread. Post #5.
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earlytimes, actually what you put in the message was more than I have heard about it. Thanks! Now to find the cheapest place to get the capper from.... ogh boy....

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