Today while bottling my fourth batch my red capper broke off a little plastic “wing” on the side. This wing looks to be a guide of some sort but does not touch the cap and the capper appears to still function.
I really had no option but to continue bottling. While the capped bottles look fine and don’t leak when turned upside down, I did adjust my capping procedure for the remaining bottles by seating the cap as usual then rotating the bottle 90 degrees and seating it again.
While the no leak test is encouraging I hope the caps can tolerate the pressure during carbonation.
Any suggestions on what I should have done? Besides get a new capper? Have a backup capper?
If I have some caps blow off in the next few days, could I go ahead and recap with a new capper or just reseat the existing caps?