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prpromin 09-02-2011 08:30 PM

Loose Caps - Help please
Just bottled my latest batch with Oxygen barrier caps. While checking the bottles before storing the batch, I noticed that I could turn the caps. I tried tightening them with my wing capper, but no luck. They seem tight otherwise - is this an issue? Do I need to recap the batch?


Shooter 09-02-2011 08:43 PM

Does your wing capper have the reversible plate with the smaller cap size on the other side?

Shooter 09-02-2011 08:44 PM

Also, you could try checking them after a day or so, could be the caps are turning because they are wet.

prpromin 09-02-2011 08:49 PM

Thanks for the help. I just checked - my capper isn't reversible. I think your guess about wet caps/bottles is (hopefully) right on. They are not easy to turn and I can only do it with a towel wrapped around the tops, so I'm going to just relax and not worry too much.

Thanks again!

Shooter 09-02-2011 08:54 PM

Yeah, could be, as they dry out, they won't turn anymore.

fnord 09-03-2011 12:09 AM

Reading this thread I just tried to twist the caps on an apricot ale that has been quite slow to carbonate for me...started to dig into my hand. When I went back with a towel and a vice like grip it broke the seal and made a hiss. If it is REALLY hard to twist with a towel I would think you are okay but we're talking in relative terms.

:off:I poured that bottle, it has a lovely mouthfeel and carbonation at room temperature, which confuses me since I thought carbonation was better after chilling and forcing CO2 back into solution with the beer. It also has this lovely, almost belgian flavor (I'm still quite a noob and don't know in belgians if that is phenols or esters) with just a hint of apricot, which may just be the was the apricot shows through for me. It fermented at 66 with S05 :confused: Zero head but I'm tempted to drink the rest of them warm. Scariest part is I thought I over primed these, 4.5 oz corn sugar as I thought I had closer to 5 gallons but only ended up with a tad over 4 in the bottling bucket, and I bottled them on 7/24.

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