I’m new to brewing as well as to this forum. I brewed the Irish Red Ale that came with our master brewing kit and my wife and I are having lots of fun. About a month ago I brewed the Bastard Stepson kit. I chose to not rack into secondary. I just sanitized all of my equipment 4 weeks after brew day and saw that I was supposed to add the root beer extract and sweetener pack after primary. I forgot about this step as I skipped secondary. So, there I was prepping to bottle, with my 50-some bottles sanitized and ready to go, when I read that I still needed to add the root beer extract and sweetener. The instructions say to add the extract/sweetener when transferring to secondary, then allow it to sit for an additional 1-2 weeks.
So, my question is, how long do I need to allow the extract and sweetener to sit before bottling?
I’m sure that if the 1-2 weeks were just for secondary fermentation, the instructions would say to add them after secondary. But, I’m curious if the extract and sweetener really need the full 1-2 weeks, or if the instructions say to add the stuff then just to minimize steps? Any thoughts from brewers more knowledgeable than I on when I can/should bottle?
Thank so much!