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TheGeek 04-19-2010 02:50 AM

Note on Anchor Steam bottles.
 
So today I learned a valuable lesson when bottling. Before filling a bottle shape you haven't previously used, make sure your capper fits it. I crushed an Anchor Steam neck and it shattered everywhere, full of my brew. Thankfully its just a 12oz loss and a big mess, but still.

On a positive note, my first brew using a recipe I developed myself turned out pretty close to what I wanted! Next time I brew it, it should be on the money. ;)

smokinghole 04-19-2010 11:40 AM

Are you using a butterfly capper? I did that with a bottle but I forget what one now I have a bench capper. Hell I even have a 29mm bell on the way so I can do champagne bottles.

gramatton 04-19-2010 01:43 PM

I did the exact same thing, although I didn't crush it, kinda just circumcised the top of the bottle. I think I just pushed down too far with my capper. I do plan on trying again(with empty bottles so as not to waste precious homebrew), because I do love them bottles.

slowbie 04-19-2010 01:46 PM

I heard similar stories before I ever tried it, so I'm always more careful with Anchor bottles, but I haven't broken one yet!

doctorRobert 04-19-2010 01:57 PM

any other brands to avoid?

SumnerH 04-19-2010 08:04 PM

FWIW, I've bottled tons of Anchor Steam bottles no problem, with both a red wing capper and a Colona capper/corker.

BrookdaleBrew 04-19-2010 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by doctorRobert (Post 2013276)
any other brands to avoid?

I've heard people say the same thing on the stubby (Sierra Nevada style) bottles and the red wing cappers, but I drink a lot of Sierra Nevada and Founders, so I have a lot of those bottles and have not had a problem with them thus far.

Brew-boy 04-19-2010 08:15 PM

I used lots of those bottle with my bench capper and never had a problem.

SumnerH 04-19-2010 08:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BrookdaleBrew (Post 2014085)
I've heard people say the same thing on the stubby (Sierra Nevada style) bottles and the red wing cappers, but I drink a lot of Sierra Nevada and Founders, so I have a lot of those bottles and have not had a problem with them thus far.

+1 on this; I also did tons of Sierra bottles with a red wing capper and a Colona capper/corker with no problems.

JayBullen 04-19-2010 08:41 PM

Don't think you'll have to worry much anymore, pretty sure the new Anchor bottles are twist offs, at least the Foghorn ones are.


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