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Old 01-25-2011, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Did I screw up capping? Picture inside

I was looking at the picture I took of my capped bottles, and noticed that some caps look bent. How can I find out if my caps are tight and are keeping the CO2 in?



The plastic Mr. Beer bottle is there for me to monitor to carbonation.

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Old 01-25-2011, 12:53 PM   #2
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Yeah, those don't look good. How long ago did you cap them? I would have popped them open and recapped them as soon as I noticed the dents.

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Capped on Sunday, took a picture and put it in the closet. I was looking at the picture again today, and noticed the bends.

Damn, I am at work and won't be home for another 7 hours.

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What did I do wrong?

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What kind of capper did you use?

Usually they are pretty easy to use, but to me is looks like that the stem inside the capper was too long. On some cappers, the stem is adjustable. Shorten it if that's the case.

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I am pretty sure it's Red Baron

There was no manual with it, but I think I know what you mean about the stem. I'll check it out tonight.

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The Red Barron should never leave a dent.

However, I do have an old metal capper that does leave an impression dimple in each cap. The edges still stay nice and clamped down.

If your caps are slightly bent, then you may have problems. If they are just a little dimple, no big deal.

Just drink those first!

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As you can see from the picture, they are bent.

They've been carbonating from about 2 days now, so I am weary to replace the caps.

How can I find out if the seal is good? Will just flipping the bottle upside down and seeing if there's a leak be enough? Should I submerge the bottle in some water and see if there's any bubbles coming out?

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How can I find out if the seal is good?
Shake it (once it's carbonated). You should see bubbles. If yes, shake it some more and hold it near your ear, do you hear leaking? Hopefully No. Good, now drink these bottles first so your friends don't tease you.
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