So I got one f those Brooklyn brewshop honey grapefruit ale kits for fathers day. I cooked the grains and made the wert about two weeks ago and have had it sitting in my fermenter on the closet floor since then. Within the first 24 hours it was bubbling hard and settles down within about 48-60 hrs. By the way I live in southwest Florida, obviously I keep my home air conditioned but not quite as cool as suggested (68-72). In stead my temps are probably closer to 76 in the closet. Hopefully that does ruin the beer.
Anyway, The instructions say to leave it in the fermenter for about two weeks before bottling. How do I know if it's ready to bottle? Tomorrow will be two weeks, but I actually can't bottle it until at least Wednesday because I'm currently away from home.
I didn't have a hydrometer when I started but I did pick one up though I'm not real sure what to do with it
. Also at three day mark when I switched from the tube into sanitizer to the airlock I did taste the wert for the first time. I don't know how it should taste at that point but it seemed bitter or somewhat strange. Does that sound okay?
Any advice or comments would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!