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Old 02-24-2009, 09:57 PM   #11
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Hoegarden bottle have a different lip than US bottles. Try getting a different batch of bottles you will see a dramatic difference.

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:00 PM   #12
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My thought is that if you're getting a dimple in the center - you're capping TOO hard & twisting the cap out of shape. By bottoming out the center - you're pulling up on the edges & weakening the seal.

I've never seen a commercial bottle that had a dented center. If a dented center made a better seal, then I think all commercial bottle caps would have a dented center.

I'd bet the OP has dented caps also - because of the statement

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With hoegaarden where it has a ridge deep down i can clamp nice and hard to get the seal but with others I get some carb. Just not enough where when you open the bottle you see bubbles come up like a pop.
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Old 02-24-2009, 10:03 PM   #13
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I would get a bench capper. They are just straight up worth it IMHO.

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:06 PM   #14
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You could also bedazzle your bottles with jewels and other shiny stuff!

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:11 PM   #15
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I love my bench capper. After helping a friend bottle once, I knew I never wanted one of those POS things. The guy at the LHBS swapped out the wing capper in the kit I bought for a bench capper. It cost $20 more, but worth every penny. Between the bottle tree, vinator and bench capper, I do not even mind bottling.

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Old 02-24-2009, 10:54 PM   #16
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You could also bedazzle your bottles with jewels and other shiny stuff!
I put googly eyes and muppet-style yarn hair on all mine. Pipe cleaners for arms and legs.
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Old 02-24-2009, 11:28 PM   #17
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I used that same red capper for the first 5 or 6 batches I brewed. Haven't yet come upon a bottle that wasn't carbed. And my bottles are 10 cent returnables that I buy outa' the back room at my LHBS, so I know I've tried about a gazillion different brand bottles...

...That aside, my bench capper is in the mail...

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Old 02-25-2009, 02:58 AM   #18
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LMAO. I see infomercials in your future. Can you wear a headset on one ear and say things like "Shamwow! It was made by the Germans. Everything made by the Germans is good." and "You're gonna love my nuts?" If so, there are plenty of riches in your future.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:35 PM   #19
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You better patent that before Martha Stewart jumps on it. You might as well just dip the neck and cap in this:

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Old 02-25-2009, 02:45 PM   #20
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+1 on the capper being the culprit (although I do appreciate the trick with the glue gun!)

Although I have successfully used a wing capper, my bench capper does well, especially if the bottles are all the same height. I'd recommend you try one of those. The right cap and a good capper should always give a good seal.

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