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Old 12-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #1
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I bottled my second batch and encountered a strange problem. My caps had a really hard time staying on the bottles. This did not happen once with my first batch.luckily I had cleaned enough Grolsch swingtops to save the day. I guess my question is what could the problem be? Here are some troubleshooting scenarios I ran through:

1) the bottles
My bottles are standard brown and do not differ from those used in my first batch.

2) the caps
I used caps from a different shop, but they seem to be identical silver caps. Are there different types?

3) I soaked caps in starsan instead of sodium meta.

4) my capper could be broken.
I have a hand capper and it seems to slip sideways a touch.

thoughts welcome

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:14 PM   #2
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Are they by chance, "twist off" bottles. I've capped those by mistake and they didn't work out too well. Other than that, I can't see what it could be, other than a broken capper.

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Old 12-22-2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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They are twist off, but so were the entire previous batch and none did this. I also tried it with some pop tops bottles and only successfully capped one. Also, I have known many people to bottle homebrew, all on screw offs.

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You should really get away from using the screw cap bottles. I would call that the problem. I know you used them last time, and some brewers use them with no problems, but unless you have a bench capper, then I wouldn't risk it. You may have damaged the crown on your capper, or some other part, capping the previous batch. Hard to say though. I would try those caps on some pop top bottles and see how it goes.

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If the caps and the bottles are the same I would start looking at the capper to see if there is something wrong with it.

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They are twist off, but so were the entire previous batch and none did this. I also tried it with some pop tops bottles and only successfully capped one. Also, I have known many people to bottle homebrew, all on screw offs.
See the above post... I did try with pop tops... Thanks for helping me troubleshoot people!
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There are standard bottle caps, then there are specialty bottle caps that only fit certain types of specialty bottles, like true Belgian beer bottles. I bet you accidentally picked up some non-standard bottle caps. The difference is only like 1/8", but that's all it takes!

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Here's an opinion from a lazy man who has never and will never cap a bottle: drink more Grolsch, or order some flippies, and never worry about what kind of bottle-caps you need.

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Found the problem. The caps were not the same. They were a goldish-silver and were ever so slightly bigger than the silver. You can't even tell until you put one inside of the other. Thanks for all the replies!

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I bottled my second batch and encountered a strange problem. My caps had a really hard time staying on the bottles. This did not happen once with my first batch.luckily I had cleaned enough Grolsch swingtops to save the day. I guess my question is what could the problem be? Here are some troubleshooting scenarios I ran through:

1) the bottles
My bottles are standard brown and do not differ from those used in my first batch.

2) the caps
I used caps from a different shop, but they seem to be identical silver caps. Are there different types?


3) I soaked caps in starsan instead of sodium meta.

4) my capper could be broken.
I have a hand capper and it seems to slip sideways a touch.

thoughts welcome
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Found the problem. The caps were not the same. They were a goldish-silver and were ever so slightly bigger than the silver. You can't even tell until you put one inside of the other. Thanks for all the replies!
well no sh*t!! i just had the same issue.. looks like im heading to my LHBS and talk to them about it
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