Bench Capper

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baldguy80
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Bench Capper

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Hello folks;

I successfully bid on an online auction for various "winemaking stuff" and the picture attached is of a bench capper that was included in the lot. I can't seem to tell if the "cup" is appropriate for standard crowns, and I can't find a picture of a bench capper "cup" online anywhere to compare. (I just assumed the guy was using it for pushing corks into his wine bottles.) A close-up of the "cup", (not sure what the real term is) is the second picture. Does it look like it's appropriate for standard crowns? And if it is, can you use standard crowns on "twist off" style bottles??

Thanks for the input!
The capper
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The "cup" (or "bowl"??) of the bench capper
The "cup" (or "bowl"??) of the bench capper
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Re: Bench Capper

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You *can* use crown caps on a twist off bottle, but keep in mind that you wont always get a tight seal. If I try to force a cap fully around the threads of a twist bottle, I sometimes break the bottle.

I just push on the capper until I hear the stress in the glass (push slowly). Once in a while you'll get a complete seal (I get more full seals on Labatt Blue bottles).
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Re: Bench Capper

Post by SmokeyMcB »

not sure about the one you have, and how it works but its substantially different then my bench capper at the business end. my bench capper has a removable bell that screws into it. the bell is kinda elongated so you can rock the bottle a little to free it once the cap is crimped and pushed into the bell. not sure but maybe yours is missing this bell

heres a pic of what i'm talking about
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/medi ... e_2236.jpg
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Re: Bench Capper

Post by Nobbyipa »

have a look at my one i have the same bell as SmokeyMcB

does not look like a crown capping bell you have on yours
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Re: Bench Capper

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I converted my Drill Press into a bench capper, with an attachment made at work. Does a great job, and cost me next to nothing. Maybe you can make a modification on your capper based on this. *please note the one of the measurements should have been 1/4" not 2/8 ths lol

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=erXKHZl ... 8p314PyJwg

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Re: Bench Capper

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Thanks for the video, GDB, it was very useful! (And I especially like the cameo from the bumblebee!) It certainly got me thinking along the lines of a slight modification. The bad news is that the bell is fixed to the "plunger", as in, I can't unscrew it. It's also 100% brass, so changing the shape of the bell might be a little much.

I think I'll take it to my LHBS and see what the shop-owner has to say about it. They're always helpful. And even though batch #1 is still conditioning, it's probably time to start planning batch #2 and do an ingredient run!
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Re: Bench Capper

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I think I have the same capper but I don't use it, its a decoration in the brew room.

Have you tried to cap a bottle with it?
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