First time brewer.
I have my beer in the bottle (for about 8 days now). Things are good -- yeast is precipitating out. The instructions that came with the kit suggested to put 1 bottle's worth of beer in a PET plastic bottle instead of glass -- and when the PET bottle is firm to the touch (i.e. you can't really squeeze it anymore), the beer is carbonated.
The plastic bottle has gotten to this point, but the kit said between "2 weeks to 1 month, maybe even as long as 2 months" of bottle conditioning time, depending on the ambient temperature and the mood of the yeast. I've kept the box with the bottles consistently between 18~23C (64~73F).
I am really anxious to pop open one of the bottles (after refrigerating it of course!) and have a taste -- is there any reason why I shouldn't? I understand that beer "mellows" a bit in the bottle even after carbonation is done -- is that correct? Is the taste going to change significantly after the carbonation has finished?