« Mr Beer Craft Brews Collection Complete Home Brewing Kit Homebrewing For Dummies » 3 thoughts on “Red Baron Bottle Capper” 61 of 64 people found the following review helpful Depends on the bottle, January 11, 2012 By bark – This is great for beginners and casual home brewers. Two things you have to know to make this useful and ensure longevity of your purchase: 1. It’s functionality depends on the bottles you use. Pretty much all standard 12 and 22 oz. bottles that are purchased by the case from your usual homebrew supplier are compatible with this capper. Obviously, don’t use twist off bottles, but if the lip of the bottle is about 5/8 to 3/4 of an inch, it’s going to work. However, if you’re recycling bottles, many of them have a much shorter lip. If the lip of the bottle is 1/2 an inch or less, the two metal plates that provide the leverage for the capper won’t exactly grab hold where they should and you’ll end up fighting with it. The capper will end up sticking in the down position, or the cap will crimp on slightly askew, if at all. This will result in wasted caps, possibly broken bottles, an improper seal (which means spoiled beer), and a really frustrated you. If recycling bottles, just take a look at the beer you’re buying (again, no twist offs). Some examples; the capper works great with Sam Adams and New Belgium bottles, but not so much with Sapporo, Moretti, Pacifico, and Dos XX bottles. 2. Don’t power through it. It’s a bottle capper, not an iron man competition. It doesn’t require a feat of strength to work it, so once you feel the cap give, just gently follow through. The capper will last longer and you won’t dent the top of your caps. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (6) Reply 12 of 12 people found the following review helpful Works great for champagne bottles, too!, August 1, 2011 By Isaac T. Dover “idover” (Atlanta, GA) – This is a great capper. Another review suggested that it doesn’t work on champagne bottles. Certainly, this may be true for corking. However, the metal plates also support 29mm necks, you just need to use a screwdriver and a few taps from the back, underneath the handles, to pop them out. Once the plates are out, turn them around and as long as the cap will fit (beer caps in the US are generally 26mm), you can cap it. The crown also screws out and can be replaced for 29mm caps. I’ve used this on champagne bottles with 26mm caps and it works great. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comments (4) Reply 9 of 10 people found the following review helpful Great Item much better than I was expecting!, January 5, 2011 By Mr.Dr. – this thing rocks! i am new to beer but have made wine in the past and i expected this caper to be as hard to use as a cheap corker(you have to push on a plunger with a bajillion pounds of force) but no! this thing is good quality fairly inexpensive and is easy to use. Who cares if this thing doesn’t work on champagne bottles this thing is just as good or better than any bench caper because you don’t have to align the bottle underneath it perfectly you just put it on top of the bottles and pull the levers down and you have a perfectly capped bottle of beer. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.