sort of on this subject, I'm reading this interview with the guy Obama gave a homebrew beer to recently, and the following section is confusing me...http://obamafoodorama.blogspot.com/2012/08/meet-brad-magerkurth-man-with-secrets.html
Magerkurth also said that the bottle cap--which carries no marking, such as a Presidential seal--is "bench capped."
How beer bottles are capped is important, to maintain flavor and keep the brew stable. Bench capping allows bottles to be re-used, because the bottle top can be twisted off. It's a more expensive proposition than using a hand capping tool.
"A bench capper is about four hundred bucks," Magerkurth said, implying that the President has a pricey brewing operation.
$400?! Is this just a confused/uninformed interviewer? Or a guy who has supposedly homebrewed but never bought/used a bench capper? I've got one; cost me a little over 40 bucks. From the pic the homebrew in question certainly does not appear to be a twist-off.
anyway what am I missing? And if there's some expensive homebrewing gadget I haven't bought yet I need to know.