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Old 04-04-2008, 12:51 AM   #1
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Wish I had known that Anchor Steam bottles and Modello Negro bottles sucked, before I started bottling my Amarillo IPA. So, are the seals on the caps going to keep co2 from escaping or amy I getting two six packs of flat beer.

 
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:25 AM   #2
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If you can twist the cap with you bare hand, or pop it off with your thumb like I could with my last bottling experience, you better find a better way to cap your bottles, or get new bottles, fast. (Good reson to have a friend over and drink a couple of 6-packs of Sam Adams tonight!)

 
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:34 AM   #3
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If you can twist the cap with you bare hand, or pop it off with your thumb like I could with my last bottling experience, you better find a better way to cap your bottles, or get new bottles, fast. (Good reson to have a friend over and drink a couple of 6-packs of Sam Adams tonight!)
Yeah, took care of the ones that I could twist, just not convinced the others have a good seal.

 
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:35 AM   #4
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Get a bench capper. You can cap anything with one of those.

I used twist off's for years and the bench capper capped them so tight I usually used a bottle operer to get them off.
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Old 04-04-2008, 01:37 AM   #5
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though I wouldn't do it again, I've capped an anchor and had no trouble getting it to carb. I bet they'll carb.
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:22 PM   #6
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Wish I had known that Anchor Steam bottles and Modello Negro bottles sucked, before I started bottling my Amarillo IPA.
I have capped Anchor Porter bottles with a wing capper and don't remember any problems. I don't think the Porter botts are different.

I have since bought a bencher, though. Played with capping twistoffs for fun's sake and seemed to work ok. Completely tight and held carbonation during the test period.

 
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Old 04-04-2008, 03:37 PM   #7
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Do benchers break bottles easier?
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Old 04-04-2008, 07:55 PM   #8
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Do benchers break bottles easier?
No...What brakes bottles with Wing capers is the metal claw that grabs the neck of the bottle.
you could nearly stand a car on a bottle if it was pressing straight down like a bench capper.
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Old 04-04-2008, 08:02 PM   #9
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Nine-thirty at night, SWMBO has just gone to bed, I've got a batch of bottles filled and lined up on the countertop to cap.

I pull out my trusty bench capper, forged steel from the 1930's. ( My Granddad used to brew his own, I found out later.)

On about bottle number five, I pull down on the handle, hear an explosion, and beer and glass are flying all over! Blood is running from the palm of my right hand, and I'm more worried about the remaining bottles than I am about my injury.

SWMBO had to get out of bed and help me cap the rest.........she was not happy. No stitches, just a laceration across my palm. I must have not made sure the bottle was standing up straight when I pulled the handle.

She now insists I use the wing-style capper.
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