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You drink the beer, you wash the bottles, and then you bake them and put away for the next batch! When I get about 8-12 bottles, I process them, bake them, and put them away for the next bottling.

I'm enjoying the drinking the beer as I build up my bottle inventory -wish I planned for this better with respect to saving bottles. I have two cases of Sam Adams to start... Summer mix picked up at SAM's Club, some I like better than others but at least I'll have a matching set of 48 to start. I also have a few others around that don't fit in. I like the Samuel Smith's 550ml bottles (and the Oatmeal Stout) but not sure I want to buy that many just for the bottles...I sure wouldn't mind emptying a bunch of those -certainly better than drinking Boston Lager.

I'll move my fermenting bucket up on the counter tonight and rack to secondary (5 gal carboy) on Saturday morning (and check the gravity)... most of the bubbling stopped after 3 days but the airlock shows positive pressure in the fermentor. Hopefully everything's going well and I'll bottle as soon as I have enough bottles -probably another two-three weeks. I'm pretty excited and anxious to bottle, taste and start my second batch.

FoolNBlue
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