OK, I'll give you all of the history on this one and see if you can tell me what has happened.
Extract kit, off the shelf, Morgan's Golden Sheaf wheat beer.
followed directions exactly, with the exception of substituting a "Better" yeast, and adding about 1 kilo of ice halfway through filling the fermenter to bring the temp dow to a decent pitching temp. Started my yeast and it was doing very well
Had bubbles in the airlock for a 1 day in total, left it for another 2 days with no action, so I dry pitched the yeast packet that came with the kit. 3 hour later, I had fermentation again for 4 days. I checked the FG 1.010 which equated to 4.47% ABV. I tasted the sample and wasn't at all impressed, it was cloudy and thick, bland and still tasted a bit sweet.
I kegged it and force carbonated it and tried it again after 3 days. Same... bland a bit sweet, very cloudy. I decided it wasn't going to get much better, so I left it on tap and drank one every other day or so, because I refuse to waste alcohol. Every time I tasted it, it was the same sickly, bland sweet cloudy concoction. I didn't prime this keg
2 days ago, I tried another glass. This is 3 weeks from start date and 2 weeks since I kegged, cooled and carbonated it. Something amazing had happened! the beer has cleared up, not at all cloudy like it was, it has gone very dry, nearly sour! and I love it!
It's now a crispy, dry, light coloured, clear brew that is great for drinking in the heat.
WHAT happened to it in the space of 36-48 hours? Only thing I know for sure is that it is definitely colder and less carbonated than before.
I was convinced that I would never make this again as I just didn't like it, but if this is going to happen every time, I will most likely keep one on tap in the summer, and one kegged and ageing.