I brewed my first beer using kit instruction. A description of why (I think) it is bad:
Specialty grains - not crushed, i know most kits come with grains precrushed, these were not, nor were there any instructions to crush.
After boil, added hot wort to extra water in fermenter. Waited until it cooled to 90 degrees, no ice bath (took hours). No shaking/aerating, add dry yeast at 85 degrees, wait ten minutes and stir.
OG = 1.050, FG=1.020 (was supposed to be 1.012), two weeks in primary (here is the only thing I didn't do per instructions, which would have had me bottle after a week).
My tasting notes for your reading enjoyment (I am bad at these but thought I would do them since its my first beer):
Aroma lightly malty with bread yeast and green apple, reminiscent of a bottle redemption center
Apperance cloudy, hazy, orange/red. One finger head stubbornly fixes itself to the top of the beer. Light carbonation present
Flavor Sweet upfront, green apple and diacetyl, slightly bitter and sweet to finish with maybe a hint of sour.
Overall impression I will give to my drunk friends, or use it to cook
I mostly just wrote this in hopes people might get a kick out of it, but... If anyone would like to chime in on what they think was the offense that most made my beer bad feel free. Seems like it was just a combination of things. I have learned a lot and have high hopes for my next beer all the same!!!