Review: The Universal Bottle Capper
When I first started looking at a capper I thought of the classic bench capper. Due to the cost and portability though I went with the universal capper. It’s a simple design that easily caps standard crown caps without much effort. The writing is Italian so your best bet is to look at a YouTube video or follow the instructions below.
The capper has a nice build quality. It has a sturdy steel frame and bell housing with plastic handles. I’ve put about 400 bottles through this with no major issues. The actual action of capping the bottles is very smooth. The bell of the capper has a magnet but it serves no point other than denting caps. The length of the handles should be perfect for most hands.
It’s really easy to accomplish an assembly line with the proper spacing of your filled bottles. A Fastrack is really helpful at this stage for sanitizing your bottles. Once sanitized, I typically fill a dozen bottles at a time before filling the next batch. My only complaint is about one in twenty bottles tend to stick to the capper but they are easily wiggled off. I’ll buy it again if it wears out before I get my kegging system running.
- Sanitize caps and bottles. ( A sulpitor like the Vinator bottle rinser comes in handy. )
- Fill bottle and place on a stable surface.
- Place cap on top of bottle lip.
- With handles in the upright position, hold capping bell over the cap.
- With firm but not Hulk force, pull handles to side until sealed.
- Wiggle off if the bell becomes stuck to cap. It takes a few times to get a perfect process going.
- Sturdy steel construction
- Fits standard crown caps for 12oz long necks and 22oz bombers
- Caps with little effort
- Cheaper than bench capper
- The magnet on the bell leaves an imprint on almost every cap
- Won’t fit fat Sierra Nevada style bottles
- Can stick if too much force is used