Originally Posted by Gartywood
The hydrometer confirms your results, helps to estimate alcohol content, and confirms that fermentation is complete before bottling. For the small cost you really should get one. If you really want to push quickly to drinking I would go for a more moderate beer (hoppy blonde or hefeweizen maybe) I'd be looking at 6-7 weeks from brew day to drinking with this beer. Fermentation will be longer, there is a dry hop step, and you are bottle conditioning.
Ahhh, I just purchased the Pliny kit... Haha oh well, if it takes longer, its not the end of the world (Im a seriously busy student who wanted to brew this this strictly during my winter break).
I hope this was an ok brew for my first time
? Ill keep everyone posted. Thanks guys for the help