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Hands on Review: Kegland Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer – Can Your Homebrew – New Updates

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Kegland Cannular Can Seamer

It’s been a long road for craft beer to be accepted in cans and not bottles. But it has been well established that cans are OK, too, and some take it even further to tout cans as a superior storage vessel for beer. I’ll avoid a full-blown comparison of the pros & cons of each, but I do feel it worth noting a couple of the selling points cans have. One is the claim that cans provide better storage with a more oxygen-proof seal than bottle caps, and 100% light blocking versus even brown colored glass. There is probably lots of debate on those two topics, but one benefit that is universally recognized is transportability. Cans are lighter and more compact, a whole lot less fragile, and you can take them to beaches and pools where glass containers are banned.

On the homebrew scale, until recently, the canners available have either been hand-crank monstrosities that look like an exhibit from a museum on the industrial revolution, or electrically driven units that look like steampunk movie props and cost a couple thousand dollars. Then in 2019, KegLand from Australia started exporting their Cannular can seamer that sells for $525 for the unit + power supply and is electrically powered. This changed the landscape significantly in the homebrew world, making canning much more within reach.


Compare Prices, Review Continues Below:


Empty CanLid on Foam

The Cannular operates with a combination of manual lever pulling and electric motor spinning. You start the process out with an empty aluminum can with no top on it. You sanitize the can, fill it with beer, and then take a sanitized lid and set it down on top of the can (ideally on foam, to ensure minimization of air in your canned product). From there, it gets placed on a small pedestal and a lever turn raises the can up into the machinery of the can seaming operation and locks it at that height. The push of a button gets the motor spinning and the can on its platform starts spinning around. Grabbing a different lever, you push back and hold it for a couple seconds, then pull it toward you for a couple seconds, and you’re done. Turn off the motor, lower your can back down on the pedestal, and you’ve canned one beer.

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Getting a Deal on Cans for Your Homebrew Can Seamer

Why Can?

Cans block all light and oxygen transfer. That’s not true of bottles. They also play well at the park, beach and pool. Glass bottles are made from breakable glass that can… break. 🙂 Canning is also… cool. We’ve been able to pretty easily do everything that commercial brewers have been able to do – Conicals, Control Panels, Fermenting Under Pressure and More – for quite some time. Canning, until recently, was a hold out.

Homebrew Can Seamers

Before the advent of countertop can seamers, canning beer was out of reach and unrealistic for homebrewers and even some smaller brew pub operations.  I looked into canning early in my homebrewing career. Around that time a manufacturer released an “affordable” system that was in the $10k, range. That was considered affordable at the time. I’m happy to say that times have changed.

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Hands on Review: Oktober Design SL1 Can Seamer – Can Your Homebrew – New Updates

Oktober Design was started in 2014 by a group of engineers and beer lovers. They make high quality, well thought out and affordable Crowler and Can seamers.  Their target has been brew pubs and smaller commercial brewers. With the introduction of the SL1 they’ve finally made a machine designed specifically for homebrewers.

Before Oktober Designs and similar started making countertop can seamers, canning beer was out of reach and unrealistic for homebrewers and even some smaller brew pub operations.  I looked into canning early in my homebrewing career. Around that time a manufacturer released an “affordable” system that was in the $10k, range. That was considered affordable at the time. I’m happy to say that times have changed.

Why Can?

Cans block all light and oxygen transfer. That’s not true of bottles. They also play well at the park, beach and pool. Glass bottles are made from breakable glass that can… break. 🙂 Canning is also… cool. We’ve been able to pretty easily do everything that commercial brewers have been able to do – Conicals, Control Panels, Fermenting Under Pressure and More – for quite some time. Canning, until recently, was a hold out.

Even with new equipment like the SL1 becoming available, canning is more expensive than bottling. You can save used bottles for free and use a $10 capper. This means that doing things as cheap as possible cannot be a driving factor when considering a can seamer.

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Hands on Review: Oktober Design SL1 Can Seamer – Can Your Homebrew!

Oktober Design was started in 2014 by a group of engineers and beer lovers. They make high quality, well thought out and affordable Crowler and Can seamers.  Their target has been brew pubs and smaller commercial brewers. With the introduction of the SL1 they’ve finally made a machine designed specifically for homebrewers.

Before Oktober Designs and similar started making countertop can seamers, canning beer was out of reach and unrealistic for homebrewers and even some smaller brew pub operations.  I looked into canning early in my homebrewing career. Around that time a manufacturer released an “affordable” system that was in the $10k, range. That was considered affordable at the time. I’m happy to say that times have changed.

Why Can?

Cans block all light and oxygen transfer. That’s not true of bottles. They also play well at the park, beach and pool. Glass bottles are made from breakable glass that can… break. 🙂 Canning is also… cool. We’ve been able to pretty easily do everything that commercial brewers have been able to do – Conicals, Control Panels, Fermenting Under Pressure and More – for quite some time. Canning, until recently, was a hold out.

Even with new equipment like the SL1 becoming available, canning is more expensive than bottling. You can save used bottles for free and use a $10 capper. This means that doing things as cheap as possible cannot be a driving factor when considering a can seamer.

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GrogTag’s custom can labels are professionally printed, high quality labels that elevate any beer can into something special and unique. They are perfect for any occasion, such as a wedding favor or a Father’s Day gift.

QUALITY CUSTOMIZABLE CAN LABELS

Just choose from one of our professional design templates, then add your own text or upload a photo to make it personalized. Don’t be fooled by the name, our customizable can labels are actually quality vinyl stickers that can be put on any smooth surface (like a beer can). So get ready to upgrade your can labels, with GrogTag! Give your homemade wine, beer, cider, mead or kombucha a personalized commercial-grade printed label.

BEER CAN LABEL TEMPLATES

If you are new to GrogTag, we offer a selection of custom products that were created with the home wine, mead, and beer maker in mind. Our customizable can labels are just that – large labels that are the perfect size for your homebrew canning setups. Shop now for a template that best fits your beer, make it custom and personalized, then place your order … it’s that easy!

REUSABLE HOMEBREW CAN LABELS

All of our reusable beer can labels fit great on 12 or 16 ounce cans and are printed on a commercial digital print press, so they will come out looking professional every time. Our vinyl labels are repositionable which means they can peel off and re-stick in case you didn’t get it right the first time. It also means your tags look as good coming out of the ice bucket/water as they do going in. To top it off you’ll get them fast! All of our labels and coasters print and ship within 3 business days.

PROFESSIONAL CAN LABEL DESIGNS FOR PARTY LABELS AND GIFTS

Use one of our templates to quickly create a design perfect for special occasions such as parties, creating personal gifts, or just impressing guests. Our growing selection of templates are flexible, with loads of great color options and styles. Use our professionally designed templates to quickly create custom craft can labels that you can apply at home. Our templates allow you to upload photos, edit text and swap colors. Using our templates is a quick way to ensure a quality looking custom 16oz can label. As always, designing any of our products, like our customized homebrew can labels is free, so enjoy! Join our newsletter and get the inside scoop on upcoming deals and sales and read our blog for more tips to maximize your creativity.


 

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Hands on Review: Kegland Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer – Can Your Homebrew!

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Save 25% Custom, Reusable, Professionally Printed Homebrew CAN Labels + Cannular Hands on Review!

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Introducing Homebrew Can Labels from GrogTag!

More Info

From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

PERSONALIZED BEER CAN LABELS

GrogTag’s custom can labels are professionally printed, high quality labels that elevate any beer can into something special and unique. They are perfect for any occasion, such as a wedding favor or a Father’s Day gift.

QUALITY CUSTOMIZABLE CAN LABELS

Just choose from one of our professional design templates, then add your own text or upload a photo to make it personalized. Don’t be fooled by the name, our customizable can labels are actually quality vinyl stickers that can be put on any smooth surface (like a beer can). So get ready to upgrade your can labels, with GrogTag! Give your homemade wine, beer, cider, mead or kombucha a personalized commercial-grade printed label.

BEER CAN LABEL TEMPLATES

If you are new to GrogTag, we offer a selection of custom products that were created with the home wine, mead, and beer maker in mind. Our customizable can labels are just that – large labels that are the perfect size for your homebrew canning setups. Shop now for a template that best fits your beer, make it custom and personalized, then place your order … it’s that easy!

REUSABLE HOMEBREW CAN LABELS

All of our reusable beer can labels fit great on 12 or 16 ounce cans and are printed on a commercial digital print press, so they will come out looking professional every time. Our vinyl labels are repositionable which means they can peel off and re-stick in case you didn’t get it right the first time. It also means your tags look as good coming out of the ice bucket/water as they do going in. To top it off you’ll get them fast! All of our labels and coasters print and ship within 3 business days.

PROFESSIONAL CAN LABEL DESIGNS FOR PARTY LABELS AND GIFTS

Use one of our templates to quickly create a design perfect for special occasions such as parties, creating personal gifts, or just impressing guests. Our growing selection of templates are flexible, with loads of great color options and styles. Use our professionally designed templates to quickly create custom craft can labels that you can apply at home. Our templates allow you to upload photos, edit text and swap colors. Using our templates is a quick way to ensure a quality looking custom 16oz can label. As always, designing any of our products, like our customized homebrew can labels is free, so enjoy! Join our newsletter and get the inside scoop on upcoming deals and sales and read our blog for more tips to maximize your creativity.


 

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Hands on Review: Kegland Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer – Can Your Homebrew + PDF User Setup and Adjustment Guide Now Available

This review is by Homebrew Finds Contributor Brad Probert.  Brad is an engineer, expert homebrewer and experienced reviewer.  Grab a link to Brad’s website at the end of this review.

Kegland Cannular Can Seamer

It’s been a long road for craft beer to be accepted in cans and not bottles. But it has been well established that cans are OK, too, and some take it even further to tout cans as a superior storage vessel for beer. I’ll avoid a full-blown comparison of the pros & cons of each, but I do feel it worth noting a couple of the selling points cans have. One is the claim that cans provide better storage with a more oxygen-proof seal than bottle caps, and 100% light blocking versus even brown colored glass. There is probably lots of debate on those two topics, but one benefit that is universally recognized is transportability. Cans are lighter and more compact, a whole lot less fragile, and you can take them to beaches and pools where glass containers are banned.

On the homebrew scale, until recently, the canners available have either been hand-crank monstrosities that look like an exhibit from a museum on the industrial revolution, or electrically driven units that look like steampunk movie props and cost a couple thousand dollars. Then in 2019, KegLand from Australia started exporting their Cannular can seamer that sells for $525 for the unit + power supply and is electrically powered. This changed the landscape significantly in the homebrew world, making canning much more within reach.


Compare Prices, Review Continues Below:

MAP Pricing & a Way to Get a Deal on the Cannular, Review Continues Below:

Generally speaking the Cannular is under MAP Pricing.  MAP = Minimum Advertised Price.  It’s an agreement between manufacturers and resellers to sell products at or above a specific price.  That’s why MAP items generally sell for about the same cost no matter where you purchase them.

A workaround to this are rewards programs.  Instead of directly discounting a product, rewards programs give you points to use toward a future, unrelated purchase.  Adventures in Homebrewing has a rewards program that earns you about 5% back toward a future purchase.  Note that you must log in to earn and redeem AIH rewards points.  Double check to make sure the product page still reads “xxx  points will be rewarded to you when you buy this item.” to make sure this deal still applies to the Cannular.

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Empty CanLid on Foam

The Cannular operates with a combination of manual lever pulling and electric motor spinning. You start the process out with an empty aluminum can with no top on it. You sanitize the can, fill it with beer, and then take a sanitized lid and set it down on top of the can (ideally on foam, to ensure minimization of air in your canned product). From there, it gets placed on a small pedestal and a lever turn raises the can up into the machinery of the can seaming operation and locks it at that height. The push of a button gets the motor spinning and the can on its platform starts spinning around. Grabbing a different lever, you push back and hold it for a couple seconds, then pull it toward you for a couple seconds, and you’re done. Turn off the motor, lower your can back down on the pedestal, and you’ve canned one beer.

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Rare Deal: Buy a Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer – TWO Free $20 Gift Cards! + Hands on Review

Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer

Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer via Adventures in Homebrewing

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From the product description, check product page for current description, price and availability:

Cannular Bench Top Can Seamer

The Cannular is a manual can seamer that is easy to use, reliable, and beautifully simple.

Whether you’re a brewery looking to offer canned beer to go or a homebrewer wanting to keep your creations fresh and fully protected from light, the Cannular is the answer. This bench top unit is one of the most compact and easy to use can seamers you’ll find. The Cannular only requires one person to operate, and each can takes roughly 5 seconds to seam. With a two-person team, one filling and one seaming, the Cannular becomes a suitable option for nano breweries doing small canning production runs.

The Cannular’s table spacer is specifically designed to work with 500ml (16.9 oz) Can Fresh aluminum cans (19-CAN150 or Check the Options Above). 330ml (11.2 oz) Can Fresh cans are also available (19-CAN133 or Check the Options Above), but you will need the correct table spacer to use them with the seamer (19-CAN103 or Check the Options Above). We have tested standard 202 cans and have been able to achieve good seals with proper adjustments. It is necessary to adjust the table height to ensure you have the appropriate amount of pressure applied when the can lift is raised.

Operation:
The beauty of the Cannular lies in how truly simple it is to operate. With only three points of operation, it only takes a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the machine. The seaming process is as follows:

Place lid atop the can and place the can on the table spacer
Turn the platform lever clockwise to raise the can to the seamer
Press the button to turn the machine on and begin spinning the can
Push the seaming lever away from you and hold for 1-2 seconds
Pull the seaming lever towards you and hold for 1-2 seconds
Press the button to turn off the machine and stop spinning the can
Turn the platform lever counterclockwise to lower the can
That’s all there is to it!

Construction:
The Cannular was designed to be compact, durable, and safe to operate in a wet environment. The platform assembly is made from 304 grade stainless steel, so no matter how messy your canning gets, there’s no need to worry about rusting or degradation. The body of the unit is made from hammered sheet metal and fastened together with stainless steel screws. Rubber feet help keep the unit from slipping and sliding while in use. In addition, the Cannular features built-in brackets near the feet so you have the option to mount the machine to your counter or bench-top. The Cannular runs off of 24V DC power via the Anderson socket located on the back. This lower voltage was chosen specifically to make the unit as safe to use in a wet environment as possible.

Power:
As noted above, the Cannular comes with a 24V DC Anderson socket located on the back of the unit. It does not, however, include a cord and plug. When purchasing the unit, you have the option of pairing it with either a power supply with 110V plug (19-CAN101 or Check the Options Above), or with a 6 ft. long cord with Anderson plug and alligator clips (19-CAN102 or Check the Options Above). The power supply is straight forward, and allows you to plug the unit into a standard 110V power socket. The alligator clips give you the option to power the unit from a battery, and can even be used with an 18V cordless power drill battery. This is certainly the most affordable option for powering the Cannular, and we’ve found that upwards of 200 cans can be seamed on a single battery charge.

Why Cans?
So why can when you can bottle? There’s no doubt that canning has become a more and more popular format for packaging beer among craft breweries over the last several years, and with good reason. Aluminum cans aren’t just more environmentally friendly than bottles, since cans require less energy to transport and recycle, they’re also much better at protecting the quality of the beer. Whereas bottles allow in light, which leads to skunking, aluminum cans offer 100% protection from UV.

Specifications:
Power: 250W
Rated Speed: 3300 RPM
Gearbox Ratio: 9.8 : 1
Dimensions: 14″ L x 9″ W x 19.5″ H
Weight: 40 lbs

The table spacer included with the Cannular is specifically designed to use Can Fresh 500ml aluminum cans, which are 167.8mm tall and 52.4mm in diameter. To use the Cannular with 11oz cans, you will need a Cannular Table Spacer for 330ml/11.1 oz. Cans.

When you receive your Cannular, the rollers have been set and tested at the factory. They should not need adjustment for 100,000 cans. The table, however, comes unadjusted and getting it set up correctly is very important to getting a proper seal. Cannular’s test show that a .4mm (.015″) actual overlap is all that is needed to seal to 90 PSI. The proper table tension takes a little practice and expect to waste a few cans getting it dialed in. Once you learn the proper tension re-adjusting it is very quick and easy. You want the tension to be tight but not so tight as to dent the can. Use cans at your fill height with water for proper tension adjustment.


 

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Announcing: Cannular Pro + CROWLER Seamer + related hands on review

Cannular Pro Bench Top Can & Crowler Seamer CAN115

Cannular Pro Bench Top Can & Crowler Seamer via MoreBeer

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Everything you need to start seaming 32 oz Crowlers with the Cannular Pro can seamer. This kit includes the Cannular Pro Semi-Auto Canning Machine, 110V Power Supply, Splash Guard Accessory, and Crowler Chuck Adapter. The Cannular Pro is a semi-automatic can seamer that is easy to use, reliable, and beautifully simple.

Please note: the Cannular comes ready for sealing 12 oz and 16 oz cans as standard. The Crowler Chuck Adapter must be installed before seaming 32 oz Crowlers (Ball 300 can/end).

Whether you’re a brewery looking to offer canned beer to go or a homebrewer wanting to keep your creations fresh and fully protected from light, the Cannular is the answer. This bench top unit is one of the most compact and easy to use can seamers you’ll find. The Cannular only requires one person to operate, and each can takes roughly 3 seconds to seam. With a two-person team, one filling and one seaming, the Cannular becomes a suitable option for nano breweries doing small canning production runs.

The Cannular Pro’s table spacer is specially designed to work with all standard 202 cans, including the industry favorite 16 oz (473ml) and 12 oz (355 ml) cans, as well as our 500ml (16.9 oz) and 330ml (11.2 oz) Can Fresh Aluminum Cans. Unlike the manual model that requires a secondary table spacer for use with 330ml cans, the Pro model features an adjustable platform, allowing you to raise or lower the table spacer depending on what size can you’re seaming. It is necessary to adjust the table height to ensure you have the appropriate amount of pressure applied when the can lift is raised.

Operation:
The beauty of the Cannular lies in how truly simple it is to operate, and the semi-automatic pro model makes canning beer even easier. With only three points of operation, it only takes a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the machine. The seaming process is as follows:

Place lid atop the can and place the can on the table spacer
Turn the platform lever clockwise to raise the can to the seamer
Press the seaming operation button then wait for the can to stop spinning
Turn the platform lever counterclockwise to lower the can
That’s all there is to it!

Construction:
The Cannular was designed to be compact, durable, and safe to operate in a wet environment. The platform assembly is made from 304 grade stainless steel, so no matter how messy your canning gets, there’s no need to worry about rusting or degradation. The body of the unit is made from hammered sheet metal and fastened together with stainless steel screws. Rubber feet help keep the unit from slipping and sliding while in use. In addition, the Cannular features built-in brackets near the feet so you have the option to mount the machine to your counter or benchtop. The Cannular runs off of 24V DC power via the Anderson socket located on the back. This lower voltage was chosen specifically to make the unit as safe to use in a wet environment as possible.

Kit Includes:

  • Cannular Pro Can Seamer
  • 110V Power Supply
  • Splash Guard
  • Crowler Chuck Adapter

Cannular Pro Specifications:

  • Power: 250W 24V DC
  • Rated Speed: 3300 RPM
  • Gearbox Ratio: 9.8 : 1
  • Dimensions: 16″ L x 9.5″ W x 21″ H
  • Weight: 40 lbs

Please note: When you receive your cannular the rollers have been set and tested at the factory. They should not need adjustment for 100,000 cans. The table, however, comes unadjusted and getting it set up correctly is very important to getting a proper seal. Cannular’s test show that a .4mm (.015″) actual overlap is all that is needed to seal to 90 PSI. The proper table tension takes a little practice and expect to waste a few cans getting it dialed in. Once you learn the proper tension re-adjusting it is very quick and easy. You want the tension to be tight but not so tight as to dent the can. Use cans at your fill height with water for proper tension adjustment.


 

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