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Old 12-17-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
Jul 2012
Toronto, Ontario
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Mine was pretty horrific and I wanted to know if anyone else was as stubborn as I in keeping with the hobby.

My first brew was a coopers lager. My first mistake was I bought one that had expired a year earlier. Second mistake was that I followed instructions from CragTube on adding brown sugar instead of dextrose.

Don't get me wrong, I learned a lot about equipment and 'how-to's from CraigTube, but after that experience I decided his tastes in beer are very different than mine. Though I have done other things learned from him that worked out well.

Basically the beer tasked like horribly bitter molasses for what was probably a fine beer on it's own. And time would not heal it.

And stubbornness and the unwillingness to admin to the wife that I screwed it up somehow led me to drink my bitter mistakes one by one. And led to my first lesson in home brew: Do it right once before experimenting.

So What horrible mistakes have you drank?

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
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My first actually wasn't too bad, but my next 5 or so weren't pretty. I wish my first was bad because I wouldn't have been so confident and have overstepped my skill on the next few.

Oddly enough, it took me almost 7 years to get my first infection though.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
Mar 2012
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Funny thing for me at least is only the first beer might taste off then they all start tasting better as the night goes on.

I guess I am lucky though since I have not brewed a beer I have not enjoyed yet.

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #4
Jul 2012
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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My first one was okay. The Mr. Beer pale ale. My second was an all-grain nut brown (Lil Sparky's) and it was fantastic. I've brewed 2-3 that were okay. None that were BAD. Pretty lucky, but I also researched for about 6 months and started off with tried and true recipes for the most part.

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #5
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My first was good enough that it made me want to do it some more.
That was 6 years and about 150 batches ago.

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
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Mine was drinkable, but definitely not something I'd want to try again. My third batch was when I finally realized I could make something I'd enjoy.

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
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Mine was pretty good. I read a ton of info that said to wait, use proper temp control, yadda yadda yadda, and did what was said, and the info was right. I even found a bottle of it that was a year old back then and tasted it an it was even more delicious.
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #8
Feb 2012
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First Beer was an Irish Red Ale that never carbed tastes great though, and makes an excellent cooking beer.
A fine beer may be judged with only one sip, but it's better to be thoroughly sure. - Czech Proverb

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Old 12-17-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
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My first beer was a brown ale that was actually quite good. Haven't had a bad batch yet (knock on wood).
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Old 12-17-2012, 03:51 PM   #10
Jan 2012
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Mine was a dry-hopped ordinary bitter that was ok. Quite a few people liked it and asked for more, so I don't think they were just being polite, but it wasn't great. I think it was fairly approachable. It was pretty light and bubbly, so it wasn't a huge step away from typical mass-market beers, but it was clearly different, both from the big guys and from the widely available microbrews. It didn't have any significant flaws, either.

Most since have been better, but I haven't had a bad one yet. The worst is my ESB, which is actually ok, but it is way undercarbonated. So it took about 10 tries before anything went very wrong.

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