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My interest in purchasing a can seamer canning machine is increasing.

Does anyone own a can seamer they can recommend or review?

Any advice on options available?

Is it worth it?

So far I’ve just looked at the Kegland Cannular.

Tia
 

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I can answer the "is it worth it" question.
No, the machines and the cans are expensive and you have to question what benefit you, as a home brewer, would get over bottling or kegging.
 

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I worked for Coca Cola, Heinz and Nestlé Purina Petfood and I know getting can seaming right is tough do not attempt it. As Richard said stick to bottles and kegs.
 

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I’d been thinking it would be pretty cool to have your beer in a can, I’ve been giving quite a bit away lately, think it would be pretty cool in a can. But like the comments say may not be practical or may not work that well within a budget I would spend on one. Hope you find something suitable
 

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Find a micro brewery near you that cans it's beer and ask if you could come and discuss the process.
 

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My initial reason for looking into it is long term storage, easy to transport and giveaways.

Long terms storage means I can brew some stouts/porters etc and not have keg tied up for months. Also sour beers. Cans can be stacked in the fridge too. I have the tap cooler for counter pressure filling.

Easy transport for going on staycations etc. I’ve tried minikegs and 9ltr corny but there is never enough space to keep it all chilled and taking gas is a pita!

Giveaways in exchange for logs (wood burner). If I can get a winters load of logs it almost pays for itself, so financials will balance out.

Most reviews on the Cannular (not many) are positive. Once set up it’s reliable.

Cans are about 25/30p each.

I was hoping for advice from peeps that use a can seamer but subjective opinions are still considered 👍

I have spoken to breweries that can and the main issue seems to be the automation of the system rather than just the seaming. The HB scale is far more hands on, therefore slower and more controllable.

I look forward to @Hopsteep comments later.
 

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Taking beer on hols...I usually take a milk crate with 20 bottles for a week,2 crates anything longer. Fit in the boot easy and I fetch the empties home.
 

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My initial reason for looking into it is long term storage, easy to transport and giveaways.

Long terms storage means I can brew some stouts/porters etc and not have keg tied up for months. Also sour beers. Cans can be stacked in the fridge too. I have the tap cooler for counter pressure filling.

Easy transport for going on staycations etc. I’ve tried minikegs and 9ltr corny but there is never enough space to keep it all chilled and taking gas is a pita!

Giveaways in exchange for logs (wood burner). If I can get a winters load of logs it almost pays for itself, so financials will balance out.

Most reviews on the Cannular (not many) are positive. Once set up it’s reliable.

Cans are about 25/30p each.

I was hoping for advice from peeps that use a can seamer but subjective opinions are still considered 👍

I have spoken to breweries that can and the main issue seems to be the automation of the system rather than just the seaming. The HB scale is far more hands on, therefore slower and more controllable.

I look forward to @Hopsteep comments later.
Sorry for the late reply, been a long old day!

I bought the Mk1 cannular about 12 months ago (mk1 being the manual one without the splash guard or the additional Chuck). I bought the European Chuck for it and that works perfectly.

I was authorised to buy it so that I could brew a few batches and can each one for our wedding. I don’t think I would have been allowed otherwise 😂

It’s very very tedious to set it up and it is equally difficult to use it consistently. Basically you have to apply just the right amount of force to the leaver when seaming and you also have to seam for the right amount of time (about 0.5 seconds to a second on each roller) otherwise you’ll get a poor seam.

It took me a lot of cans, trial and error and perseverance to get it right but every now and then you’ll get a dodgy seam through human error (usually 4 or 5 cans out of say 60).

I think the build quality is very good. The design is poor- very little room for adjusting the rollers and it’s impossible to get a feeler gauge in there properly. Also the power supply seems unnecessary and is very expensive 🤷🏼‍♂️

I think kegland must have had a lot of people getting in touch with problems from people not calibrating it properly or who were using the wrong technique with the manual leaver. Just my opinion, but I imagine that is why the newer cannular is ‘automatic’ to remove human error!

If the automatic machine is easy to strip, repair and service then I would lean towards that. However, the beauty of my older machine is that it’s very very simple and if anything ever breaks it will be straight forward to take apart.

Overall I love the machine. For me it’s well worth the money. I don’t can every batch, usually just a few cans to give to friends. It won’t improve your beer, it’s unnecessary at a home brew level, but it’s a great little thing to have!
 
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Sorry for the late reply, been a long old day!

I bought the Mk1 cannular about 12 months ago (mk1 being the manual one without the splash guard or the additional Chuck). I bought the European Chuck for it and that works perfectly.

I was authorised to buy it so that I could brew a few batches and can each one for our wedding. I don’t think I would have been allowed otherwise 😂

It’s very very tedious to set it up and it is equally difficult to use it consistently. Basically you have to apply just the right amount of force to the leaver when seaming and you also have to seam for the right amount of time (about 0.5 seconds to a second on each roller) otherwise you’ll get a poor seam.

It took me a lot of cans, trial and error and perseverance to get it right but every now and then you’ll get a dodgy seam through human error (usually 4 or 5 cans out of say 60).

I think the build quality is very good. The design is poor- very little room for adjusting the rollers and it’s impossible to get a feeler gauge in there properly. Also the power supply seems unnecessary and is very expensive 🤷🏼‍♂️

I think kegland must have had a lot of people getting in touch with problems from people not calibrating it properly or who were using the wrong technique with the manual leaver. Just my opinion, but I imagine that is why the newer cannular is ‘automatic’ to remove human error!

If the automatic machine is easy to strip, repair and service then I would lean towards that. However, the beauty of my older machine is that it’s very very simple and if anything ever breaks it will be straight forward to take apart.

Overall I love the machine. For me it’s well worth the money. I don’t can every batch, usually just a few cans to give to friends. It won’t improve your beer, it’s unnecessary at a home brew level, but it’s a great little thing to have!
Thank you, that very helpful. I will look into the semi pro version rather than the manual.
 

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Not a lot of help Here, but I purchased a canular for a later on project.... its sat their waiting to be used but I just havnt got round to playing with it yet. Might be a job for today
 
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