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Old 02-24-2013, 04:22 PM   #1
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Hello people, I'm new to the forum and had a question about bottle cappers. My wife and I were bottling yesterday. I always use the two lever bottle capper as she fills up the bottles. We decided to change duties because she wanted to give it a try. Subsequently she ended up breaking it somehow and it would no longer crimp the caps evenly all the way across. Would a stand up vintage style bottle capper be easier and more consistent to use? Other than twisting the caps to check for looseness is there anything else I should be looking for?

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Old 02-24-2013, 04:53 PM   #2
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What type of bottles? Some commercial bottles will not crimp correctly?

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Sierra Nevada bottles

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Oh yeah, try it. Bottling with a wing capper is very scary. I used to break at least one bottle per batch. They pull on the neck, and it’s easy to get it cocked. Bottles are different, some work better than others.

A bench capper is faster easier and safer.

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Sierra Nevada bottles
Ill have to check my stash out later. But what I've noticed is some bottles will either not crimp all the way down or will crimp slightly crooked. These may have a different gap between the top and ring where the bottle capper grips to crimp the cap, causing it not to crimp all the way. But I do believe those will still carb.
Have u tried to use the capper on a long neck bottle? Just to see if capper still performs, Not the shorter Sierra Nevada ones.
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Bench capper is the way to go- faster, safer, easier. I fill bottles with one hand, then cap them with the other- can do them back-to-back with a little practice.

Used it on all kinds of bottles, no issues.

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