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Old 01-14-2014, 01:18 PM   #11
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I use to use Sierra Nevada bottles only because I liked the looks of them. Never had 1 issue with them. I would always put the cap on the bottle, the put the capper on and pull down, leaving the little dent on top. I have a batch now that I'm contemplating bottling. Haven't bottled for a couple years. Don't think I want to clean all those bottles though...

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Old 01-14-2014, 03:23 PM   #12
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When I started brewing I would brew a batch, put it in the fermenter, and buy a case of pop top beer. Drink for 4 weeks, and then have another case of bottles ready to go. Now I have a mixture of tall neck and short neck bottles. If I were starting out from scratch, I'd restrict my purchases to tall neck only for the following reasons:

1. Tall neck bottles won't fit in a short neck cases.
2. Short neck bottles tend to gush more on brews that get over carbed for a variety of reasons.
3. Short neck bottles are a bit wider in the base than tall neck. I can fit 3 short neck bottles in a tall neck rack but not 6.
4. Most craft breweries seem to prefer long neck bottles.

I also like the look of short neck bottles. If you must use them, use only them for the reasons described above.

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I pulled the magnet out of my wing capper because it kept causing mis-cappings. My process is about as seamless as you can get using a winged capper:

I fill bottles using 2 bottling buckets and place sanitized caps on the bottles as they are filled.
I then lay the bottles on the floor to my right in a nice line. Once I get to about 12 bottles filled I switch to capping and just go down the line. It's much easier to cap bottles on the floor because you can stay above them and really get the leverage you need just by your upper body weight without having to actually push with your arms, it's super easy this way.

With a helper the process is every faster and we can bottle and cap 11 gallons in about 25 minutes.


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Old 01-14-2014, 07:44 PM   #14
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IMO it is the length of the lip below the bottle mouth rather than the length of the neck that is important. The capper engages sooner on a longer length lip than a shorter length, resulting in a better crimp. Pop cap long neck bottles that most craft brewers use tend to have the longer lips (as do Sierra Nevada bottles). Moosehead, Dos Equis and other bottles have shorter lips and are the type with which I have had cap problems.

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Old 01-14-2014, 08:42 PM   #15
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Default I agree with hikemor

Its the lip on the bottom of the tip that matters. Most of my bottles are Sierra Nevada. Never had a problem. In fact, I prefer them, because I can stash a few extra in the mini fridge without obstruction from the freezer area! The shorter lips and and thick top bottles are the ones to avoid.

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I sit/kneel on the floor while bottling and line up a few and cap them in a row also. Getting the right leverage is the key to making it easy. I found it easiest to almost push out on the handles rather than down. Ive never noticed an indentation on the caps of my brews. It shouldn't require a ton of force. Just one smooth motion from as far out on the handles as you can comfortably go.
I use long necks, shorties, the new red hook bottles and prefer the shorties. I agree with those above it seems the lip of the bottles matters more than bottle shape.

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