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Old 12-13-2010, 03:45 AM   #1
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Default Not sure if my bottles are capped right!

Finished my hard cider about 3 weeks ago and i'm about to bottle my first beer. But I'm worried that my capper is working right! I'm using used non-twist-off bottles and new caps (gaskets are good). I noticed on some of the bottles from my cider, there is a distinct indention on the cap on the inside after I cap it, and some that don't have that. The ones that do tend to hiss more when I open 'em. I'm using a handhelp capper. Made sure my priming solution was distributed evenly before bottling, stored on top of my kitchen cupboards-in dark and even heating.

I guess my main question is: what exactly should the caps look like to make sure they aren't leaking? Is it normal not to have the indention on the inside of the caps?

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Old 12-13-2010, 03:48 AM   #2
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Yes; I have noticed that too. It seems to vary by bottle brand....

Looks like a small depressed "o" in the middle of the cap?

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Old 12-13-2010, 03:55 AM   #3
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that indentation is from the magnet post holding the cap on.

if you look at your capper, inside the mechanism you will see a brass bell, then inside that bell there will be the magnet.

How hard you're pressing down on the capper will determine if you see that indentation or not.

There's some posters here that have stated if you're seeing that indent you are pressing too hard and can actually break the bottles while capping.

All the capper does is press that bell down over the cap to wrap the ribbed edge over the bottle lip. If its done that, then the bottle is capped.

Personally I find that indent ugly, with a bit of practice you can get the caps on without that. Or you can just get a bench capper and do the same thing =P

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Old 12-13-2010, 04:25 AM   #4
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My butterfly capper has a release plunger. As you pull the handles back up, the plunger comes down and pushes on the cap to release the capper from the cap. This is what leaves the indent. I place the cap on my bottle, place a quarter over the cap, and then cap the bottle. No more dent.

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I see the same thing with my capper. Dunno why it does or doesn't show up. Just turn the bottle upside down and see if it's leaking...

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that indentation is from the magnet post holding the cap on.

if you look at your capper, inside the mechanism you will see a brass bell, then inside that bell there will be the magnet.

How hard you're pressing down on the capper will determine if you see that indentation or not.
+1 to this. I have also noticed this, only when I push down extra hard on the capper. Haven't had any problems with my brew though.
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