Howdy interested beginner,
I too am a beginner brewer by all means, and only recently have I determined I have been getting something very wrong from the start. It is related to bottle conditioning of beer, specifically naturally priming the beer with sugars.
!CORN SYRUP IS NOT CORN SUGAR!
The first 5 batches of beer I made I primed with corn syrup, I instinctively thought it is the same as corn sugar. It wasn't until I experienced several under carbonated batches of beer did I realize something was wrong.
If you can not find corn sugar in liquid form (usually from brew stores) then use common table sugar. weigh out the proper amount and dissolve it in 1 cp of water and boil it for 10 minutes. Place that in your priming bucket before the beer and ensure it mixes thoroughly.
Cheers and Brew Strong,