For many years I have wanted to be able to can my homebrewed beer and now I “can”. A few months ago I received a 225 series All-American Can Sealer as a gift. My model seals 12oz or 16oz aluminum cans. I have tried canning a few times so far, but I am definitely still learning how to use it.
The Sealer did not come with much in the way of instructions, but I have been able to find a variety articles and videos with information about how to use the sealer and also how to take care of it. Here is a list the information I have found:
All-American 225 Personal Beer Can Sealer video by Wells Can Co from October 2016
All American Master Can Sealer- Canning Homebrew enthusiast video from September 2017
All American Can Sealer #1502 Inspection and Maintenance December 2011
Refers to these Operating Instructions for Senior Automatic Can Sealer with Fly Wheel by Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry
Suggests using AMSOIL Severe Gear 75w-110 Synthetic Oil for lubrication
Checking and Adjusting Seam Specs via a motorized machine, but concept is the same
Sources for Aluminum Cans
All-American Can Sealer
Series 225 - Personal Beer Can Seamer
Personally, I need to work on maintaining carbonation in my cans. I believe that my primary issue at this point is that my kegged, carbonated beer is not cold enough going in to the cans. Because of this, I am getting excessive foaming as I fill the cans via my Last Straw Bottle Filler and that foaming is causing me to lose carbonation. Next up, I am going to try filling cans with un-carbonated beer and priming sugar, and then let it carbonate in the cans, to see if this resolves the issue.
[Update - can-conditioning worked fine. Also, chilling the cans is helpful].