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Old 10-04-2008, 09:52 PM   #1
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I have my first ever batch of beer in the fermenter. Today I thought I scored a great deal on a capper (but I have never owned nor used a capper). When I got it home, it didn't crimp the cap. I have uploaded some pics (my first try in doing that too -- hope that went better than the capper). In the first pic, at least to novice me, it seems to look like a bench capper. In the second pic is a close up of the "bell housing" the cap fits into (there is probably a more scientific name than bell housing, but it will have to do for me). In the third pic I show how a cap seems to fit perfectly in the beveled edge of the bell housing. But when I pull down the lever and the cap sets on the top of the bottle, no crimping takes place. Help please, what may be wrong?

[IMG="http://picasaweb.google.com/barygoone/BrewPics?authkey=r23x7dBt06k#"]

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:56 PM   #2
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And it doesn't seem I did a whole lot better creating a link than I did in buying the capper (but the link works on a cut and paste)

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Old 10-04-2008, 09:57 PM   #3
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Remove the [IMG=" from the beginning of your link... and the "] from the end then it'll work .. like this:

http://picasaweb.google.com/barygoon...y=r23x7dBt06k#
Looks like it may be missing the center "insert" But it's hard to tell what that capper should have had.
The really good news is that you will be forced to leave your beer alone while you figure out what's up with the capper.

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Old 10-04-2008, 10:02 PM   #4
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I have a capper like that which was purchased by my father in law for me. It appears there should be a capping 'bell' inside which is what crimps the cap.

I'm thinking that a replacement might be available that works on the newer style cappers. It would have to be rigged to attach to your capper.

If you find a replacement bell, let me know since I would like one too.

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Old 10-04-2008, 10:04 PM   #5
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Well, at least I got the pic link fixed!

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The only thing up inside the bell are two little tabs that hold the 'bell" to the "plunger" above the "bell"

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Two possibilites come to mind looking at the pic. One its old and may be a bit stiff and just need some more elbow greese to get them on. Or two the lowest setting is still a bit to high for your bottles. It doesn't seem from the pic that it will do short bottles. In which case a block of wood would solve the problem.

Could also be the bell size but its hard to tell from the pic.

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The other thing is, it might be for European bottles which are a slightly larger diameter.

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I wonder if your capper has the 29mm crimp bell instead of the standard 26mm. It seems there is an oversized bell available for use with some European bottles. If that's the case if probably won't crimp the standard size caps. Is the bell threaded at the top where it attaches to the capper? Maybe you can swap it for a standard bell.

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