Our Top 4 Bottle Cappers and Beer Bottle Caps

One of the more important, but underrated steps in homebrewing, I’ve found, is the art of capping the bottles. If the bottle is your brew’s home, then the cap is the roof under where it rests during carbonation. The bottle caps themselves are often overlooked, pried off and thrown away like so much trash, but they perform one of the most vital and important functions in home brewing kits: sealing the bottles.

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Mr. Beer Deluxe Beer Bottling System, 0.5-Liter

Mr. Beer Deluxe Beer Bottling System, 0.5-Liter

Mr. Beer has quite a few good products on the market suited for the budding home brewer, from cheap, safe plastic ...

User Rating: 3.85 (1 votes)
2 Red Baron Bottle Capper

Red Baron Bottle Capper

  If you don’t want to shell out that much cash on just a bottle capper just yet, then you can try out ...

User Rating: 3.6 (1 votes)
3 Ferrari Super Agata Bench Capper

Ferrari Super Agata Bench Capper

If you’re looking for a capper that speeds up the process of capping and doesn’t take too much effort to use, then ...

User Rating: 3.8 (1 votes)
4 The Universal Capper OJ-NDV7-41ZH Rigamonti Capper

The Universal Capper OJ-NDV7-41ZH Rigamonti Capper

My personal recommendation to most of my friends is the Rigamonti Capper by The Universal Capper. Made out of ...

User Rating: 3.4 (1 votes)

Best Capping Machine and Bench Capper Reviews

If your bottles aren’t sealed airtight, then all the carbon dioxide escapes the bottle instead of being absorbed by the beer. When you open a bottle like this, you’ll be faced with a flat, bland beer that feels more like the leftover beer from your Uncle Jimmy’s bedside table than the tasty and exciting brew you’ve been telling your friends and family about.

To properly bottle your beer, you’ll need bottle caps and a good bottle capper; you can’t just squeeze the caps onto your bottles.

However, for the home brewer on a budget, investing in the best bottle capper on the market is a bit of a stretch, especially if it’s the first batch. Thankfully, we at Crooked Letter Brewing found a few cheaper but good quality bottle cappers in the market that will ensure a properly sealed and carbonated brew.


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Mr. Beer Deluxe Beer Bottling System, 0.5-Liter

Mr. Beer Deluxe Beer Bottling System, 0.5-Liter

Mr. Beer has quite a few good products on the market suited for the budding home brewer, from cheap, safe plastic bottles to entire homebrewing kits.

It’s safe to say that they know their stuff when it comes to brewing. The Mr. Beer Hand Capper and Caps Bundle is perfect for your first batch, as Mr. Beer includes a bunch of bottle caps to be used with the hand capper.

Mr. Beer Deluxe Beer Bottling System, 0.5-Liter

Mr. Beer has quite a few good products on the market suited for the budding home brewer, from cheap, safe plastic bottles to entire homebrewing kits.

With a simple hand-operated system, it takes a tiny bit of effort to cap the bottles, but that’s really no problem. The capper itself is made of black ABS plastic, so it’s very sturdy, and will last you quite a long while. It grips pretty snugly onto the top of your bottle, so even if you’re a newbie, it won’t slip or fall off.

If you’re just getting into homebrewing, this is what you want as the bottle capper for your homebrew kit. You might want to get it with the Mr. Beer 500ml Deluxe Beer Bottling System as well, as it contains basically all you need to get started with homebrewing. Oh, and don’t forget your brew itself!


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Red Baron Bottle Capper

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If you don’t want to shell out that much cash on just a bottle capper just yet, then you can try out Ferrari’s Red Baron emily wing bottle capper. This one is also a great capper for beginners and a good conversation piece.

Hey, not everyone can own a Ferrari. It’s bound solicit a few chuckles and set the mood for the rest of the night.

Red Baron Bottle Capper

It’s very smooth to operate but you have to be careful not to overextend it. Else, you’ll risk denting your bottle caps. Don’t try to push down on it too much, or you’ll decrease the lifetime of this capper significantly.

And although it’s made mainly of plastic, you need not worry about breaking it unless you force it too hard. Just use slow, steady pressure until the handles are level, and you’re good.

It’s very smooth to operate but you have to be careful not to overextend it. Else, you’ll risk denting your bottle caps. Don’t try to push down on it too much, or you’ll decrease the lifetime of this capper significantly.

Other than that, it’s a very solid tool, and will last you a long time as long as you use it properly. This is one of the more popular hand cappers out there, and is easy to use and convenient to store.


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The Universal Capper OJ-NDV7-41ZH Rigamonti Capper

The Universal Capper OJ-NDV7-41ZH Rigamonti Capper1

My personal recommendation to most of my friends is the Rigamonti Capper by The Universal Capper. Made out of tempered steel, this, in my opinion, is the best bottle capper you can buy with a low budget without worrying if it will stand the test of time since it’s quite durable, which is impressive when putting the price point in perspective.

I’ve personally bottled thousands of bottles with this capper, and it still works flawlessly. It’s also very satisfying to use, with a solid “pop” noise that indicates a properly sealed bottle cap. It does leave a circle indent on the cap, but that just tells you that it was lined up properly and that you did a good job.

The Universal Capper OJ-NDV7-41ZH Rigamonti Capper

There are plastic parts on it around the capping cone so that the metal doesn’t come into contact with the bottle, preventing scratches or breakages.

There are plastic parts on it around the capping cone so that the metal doesn’t come into contact with the bottle, preventing scratches or breakages.

It also leaves bottle caps that are easier to open so that you don’t have to strain so much when opening your bottles. Don’t worry, the bottle caps are still fully sealed. Overall, it’s a great piece. I’d recommend it if you want to upgrade from a plastic bottle capper.


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Ferrari Super Agata Bench Capper

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If you’re looking for a capper that speeds up the process of capping and doesn’t take too much effort to use, then you’ll want the Ferrari Super Agata Bench Capper.

I really like this one for when you’re in a hurry to cap a bunch of bottles, as the mechanism doesn’t really take much thought or effort to use.

Ferrari Super Agata Bench Capper

The height is adjustable to your bottle, and it delivers a nice, solid cap with every single use. This is THE best bottle capper when you want to just quickly cap a large batch of bottles, even when they differ in size.

Just stick a cap onto the magnetic capping bell, stick a bottle under it, and pull the lever. It’s that simple! Wait, isn’t that what all bottle cappers do?

Well, in a sense, yeah. But the rest can’t dance like this one can. Not only is it more stable and faster to use, it is also adjustable and able to cap pretty much any bottle with a crown top. And yes, it works even with champagne bottles!

The height is adjustable to your bottle, and it delivers a nice, solid cap with every single use. This is THE best bottle capper when you want to just quickly cap a large batch of bottles, even when they differ in size.

We at Crooked Letter Brewing have tested each of these bottle cappers on over 100 bottles each (over 300 with the Super Agata Bench Capper!) and have found that they are amazing for both beginner and the veteran home brewers.

Each of these provide a consistent, properly sealed cap, and take very little maintenance due to the simple mechanisms used.

If you’re serious about homebrewing—and let’s face it, you are—then you absolutely should make sure that your brew has a proper roof over its head. The people you share your brew to will thank you for it.

RobertCollins

About RobertCollins

Hey everyone, I’m Robert Collins - founder of Crooked Letter Brewing. I’ve been an avid brewer and beer enthusiast for the the last 10 years. I started this site to teach everyone how to create delicious beers and spirits in the comfort of their own home.

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