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    Default Caps missing foam

    I'm working on bottling up syrup and noticed a bunch of my caps dont have the foam seal in it, can i still use the caps with it missing the foam seal? Thanks!

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    I wouldn't use them.
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    Depends on what caps your using, some don't have the foam, just a stiff paper sealer that stays in the cap. Unless it's bare metal they are probably ok
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    If most of the caps were the same brand and same vintage, and they had foam seals, do not use the ones without. If the caps are 2 different brands or maybe even made at 2 different times, they might be OK, ask the dealer you bought them from. Most brands have some type of seal in them, a few don't. Some of those might have a clear seal however, that is not readily evident, again, ask the dealer you bought them from.
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    Who is the manufacturer? The new CDL jugs made by CDL do not have foam like the les cruchons and ampak jugs did. I am skeptical of them but the price difference is significant, around 20-25% less.

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    I just contacted the dealer and they said they would send me out some replacement caps. The jugs are Sugar Hills.

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    To my knowledge, all Sugar Hill caps have a foam seal in them. You were wise to question that.
    Dave Klish about 1320 taps in '15, doing fewer each year, about 450 planned for 2020 (and after?)
    2012 Mahindra 36 HP 4x4/ loader/cab/heat/AC:-)
    3x8 raised flue evaporator
    250 GPH converted to electric, RO by Ray Gingerich
    6.32 KW solar system, 1.48KW is battery backed up, all net metered
    http://s1041.photobucket.com/albums/...anssugarhouse/
    website: www.cnymaple.com

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