Originally Posted by Mycoe
Right people I know I'm being impatient, but....
I bottled my first ever batch of coopers home brew lager last Thursday. It says leave for at least 2 weeks in the bottles, better still up to 3 months, what's the earliest I can crack one open to see what it tastes like?? I don't want to arrange an unveiling night in a few weeks and this stuff not have worked properly or taste funny??
Like someone else already said I always pop one open at one or two weeks to see if there's any CO2 developing. You should hear a "hiss" after popping the cap but just because it hisses doesn't mean that your beer is or should be carbonated. And then you might have some beers that take weeks before you hear that tell-tale hiss so don't be alarmed if you don't hear it after one or two weeks.
Your average ale though should start hitting it's stride about 2-3 months of bottle conditioning at least.