Here’s a beautifully finished commercial brewery grade bottle capper “SUPER GRIFO” from Marchetti. This capper is made for commercial use and in home use should last you a lifetime. Capper is all metal, with lots of chrome and very heavy duty cast iron! Comes with heads for 26mm (beer) and 29mm (‘Champagne’ or ‘Euro’) crown caps. Will insert mushroom corks. Very high quality turned steel, stainless steel, and cast iron. Does not dimple caps. This is the last capper you will ever buy. This brute is almost two feet tall and weighs 20lbs!
At approx 20lbs this capper is simply the beast, built to last ten lifetimes. No worries about ever wearing this capper out. Precision made, the quality of this bench capper is unrivaled. Beautiful piece of equipment made in Italy by Marchetti. Stands 20″ tall and will accommodate bottles up to 16″ tall. Standard US capping head interchangeable with the larger European capper head which is included. Can be mounted to a bench. Base measures 9″ in diameter. There is no flex at all like found with less expensive cappers. For comparison purposes this is the SuperGrifo TCSGC model with the round chromium-plated plinthe (base plate), the best non-pnuematic capper they make.
The only way to step up from this capper is to go to an entry level pnuematic capper. The only negative reviews I have seen online for it are that it comes with no instructions at all. All the cappers we have handled had a single sheet with instructions on it. I agree with the reviewers that you don’t need any instructions if you have ever capped a bottle before, but that is not how we roll here at Hobby Homebrew so I found some for you:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR GRIFO CAPPER: Place an empty bottle on the platform and adjust the height so that you have 1/2″ to 1″ between the bottle and the capping bell. There is a lockdown screw. Lightly pull down the capping arm to be sure the bottle is directly under the bell. Do not crush the bottle. Swing the guide arm into position that so you can quickly position a bottle directly under the bell. Remove the empty bottle. Lightly lube inside the bell (where the caps go) with keg lube or Petro Gel. Just a slight film, no need to goop it on. Place a cap on the magnet inside the bell. Place a filled bottle on the platform as guided by the holding arm. Pull down the capping arm. Voila! If eventually you get a hung bottle, gently remove it and re lubricate inside the capping bell.
After you have capped a few bottles and congratulated yourself on this excellent purchase, mark your height settings with a Sharpie so that if you have to make adjustment for a different height bottle you can go back to them in a few seconds!