Been reading lots here in the past month or two, did a Muntons no-boil, Canadian Ale kit over a month ago and let it ferment for 3 weeks (thank you homebrewtalk). I brewed it with 1kg of corn sugar, in a 'just rest the lid on top' brewing bucket, no airlock. I peeked throughout the fermentation process about once a day for the first week.
Bottled 8 days ago, again using techniques l read about here!
I cracked one 4 days into bottle conditioning and it had carbonation in the headspace, but not much in the beer, pretty flat and tasted green and a bit sweet.
So being impatient, I cracked another just now, four days later, justifying it with the "this way I can know the progression of my beer". It's got more headspace carbonation but now I've actually got bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass for the whole time I drank it! Still tasted a bit flat but that's to be expected, however far less 'green' and sweet, a LOT more like beer!
I was all nervous about it being a mega light beer or something, as I didn't have a hydrometer to measure it when I brewed, but I got a decent buzz off that glass (that's the poor mans test, I guess!).
Thanks homebrewtalk, I'm so happy it's turning into actual beer and I bet it'll taste even better in a few more weeks. Time to plan the next batch now!