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Old 03-09-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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Default If you bottle with caps, get a bench capper. Seriously.

That is all. Cut my bottling time in half with no hassle.


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Old 03-09-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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i've never used a wing capper, but a bench capper is indeed the shizznit. the missus helps me bottle, and she insisted on manning (?) the bench capper. says it's the best part of the job. as for me, i'm just grateful for the help


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Only done a few batches myself, but I just don't get the issue anyone could have with a wing capper. I would guess it takes me around 3 or 4 minutes and minimal effort to cap 50 bottles. Just my two cents.
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It's really a matter of what works comfortably with YOUR bottling process. A bench capper is no better than a wing capper. It's whatever works in your system. I have one but I never use it because with the way I've dialed in my process, as chronicled in my thread, a bench capper actually slows me down...I've tried, but a wing capper allows me to go to the bottle rather than bring the bottle to the capper, and with my system that's what works for me......

I can't stress this enough...figure out what makes the job easier for YOU. Don't go by what folks say.... bottling is a pain but if you tailor the process to suit you, whether it's with a bench or wing capper, then the job becomes easier....But it really is about figuring out what works for you.
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Exactly.
When I bottle, I use a bench capper and find it more universal than a wing capper. Some bottles are difficult to bottle with a wing capper.
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Some bottles are difficult to bottle with a wing capper.
I've never found any that were difficut to bottle with my wing.
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I can't stress this enough...figure out what makes the job easier for YOU. Don't go by what folks say.... bottling is a pain but if you tailor the process to suit you, whether it's with a bench or wing capper, then the job becomes easier....But it really is about figuring out what works for you.
i couldn't agree more. i use a wing capper, and because of my bottling process a bench capper would surely slow me down. just because something works for one brewer, doesn't mean it's the be all and end all of the process, i wouldn't switch to a bench capper because it wouldn't work for my process. i've met one bottle my bat wing wouldn't cap, Wychwood bottles, which i've seen others cap just fine with a wing capper, everything else caps just fine.
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I just have SWMBO fill the bottles and I wing-cap them right away. Goes plenty fast.
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I have both and like the wing capper. Simple and fast.
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Wing capper for me too.... line the bottles up in a single line after filling (12 at a time) on the table, lay caps on, and then rip through them with the red-wing without having to touch the bottles until all 12 are done. Then box them up, and repeat. Easy-peezy.


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