the first batch i ever bottled, i tried a week after i bottled, cause the woman at the beer store told me it should be good to go. well it wasn't quite what i expected. i opened another a week later, giving them two weeks in the bottle and it tasted better, but they are gonna get another two weeks in the bottle minimum before i crack open another.
now i've bought some glass carboys and a glass fermentor so i can age this stuff a bit longer before i bottle it and am anticipating better flavors than the plastic pail provided. i'm not sold on the plastic, i think it imparts some funk even if it is very clean and sanitized.
i think patience is paramount. so it's some more store bought swill till i've aged my ale a bit more.
A barrel of malt, a bushel of hops, you stir it around with a stick
The kind of lubrication to make your engine tick
never argue with an idiot, they'll just drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.