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Old 05-28-2009, 01:29 AM   #1
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So far, I've had help bottling my beer. However, I've got a porter ready to be bottled and I'm itching to get it done, but I've got no help (sad, I know ). I have the standard "red baron" capper, which seems like it would be difficult to use solo - two hands on the capper, none on the bottle, which just seems ripe for bottles tipping and/or slipping off the counter.

Is it doable? Any tips, tricks, or other advice?
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:32 AM   #2
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I've always bottled alone. I usually make a mess. Never used those "wing" cappers though.

 
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:33 AM   #3
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I have bottled alone many times and the trick I use is putting the bottles into a box, milk crate what ever and filling them. Then I go back and cap them once I am done filling. Though I have since moved on to mini kegs and swing top caps which makes things a whole lot easier and less time consuming.

 
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:33 AM   #4
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I bottle my beer alone. I just fill a bottle ,rest a sanitized cap on top till I get 12 or 24.
Then cap em. I put a folded towel on the counter and set the bottle on it to prevent it from slipping. Seems to work fine.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:33 AM   #5
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I've used the wing cappers alone, and I've never knocked a bottle over doing it. Just keep it straight up and down. And when I bottled, I always did it on the floor.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:34 AM   #6
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sit on the floor, put the bottle between your legs (or feet depending on belly size), and double hand the capper.

easy peasy
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:34 AM   #7
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I have bottled alone many times and the trick I use is putting the bottles into a box, milk crate what ever and filling them. Then I go back and cap them once I am done filling. Though I have since moved on to mini kegs and swing top caps which makes things a whole lot easier and less time consuming.
how did you use the capper? I mean, if they're in milk crates or boxes (as mine are when I fill them), you can't extend the levers on the capper all the way without taking the bottles out and doing them one at a time

EDIT: WOW - you guys are fast - I wrote two sentences and had answers. Thanks.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:37 AM   #8
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I take the bottles out to cap. I have spilled beer before and House6 was angry. It takes a bit longer but it ensured the safety of my brew.

 
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:40 AM   #9
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I bottled 25 batches or so by myself with a capper like that, befor eI went to kegging. Never lost a bottle. No real advice, other than go slowly, and put a towel under the bottles to help with the slipping.
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Old 05-28-2009, 01:47 AM   #10
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I'm not sure what your issue about the capper is.....BUT there's a whole thread of bottling tips by me and my friends here.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/revv...herwise-94812/
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