Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > How bad was your first home brew?
Thread Tools
Old 12-17-2012, 03:32 PM   #1
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 289
Liked 21 Times on 15 Posts
Likes Given: 9

Default How bad was your first home brew?

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?

Husher is offline
TyGuy716 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:36 PM   #2
Adjunct of the Law
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
Airborneguy's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Isle of Staten
Posts: 10,856
Liked 846 Times on 624 Posts
Likes Given: 1105


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.

Bottled: Atonement Brown Porter
Airborneguy is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: idaho falls, idaho
Posts: 2,103
Liked 662 Times on 416 Posts
Likes Given: 828


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.
Varmintman is offline
mscott5205 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #4
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Posts: 889
Liked 83 Times on 77 Posts
Likes Given: 426


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.
JordanThomas is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:38 PM   #5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
cclloyd's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Largo, Florida
Posts: 2,974
Liked 32 Times on 29 Posts
Likes Given: 71


My first was good enough that it made me want to do it some more.
That was 6 years and about 150 batches ago.
cclloyd is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:40 PM   #6
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Clemson, SC
Posts: 1,222
Liked 117 Times on 73 Posts
Likes Given: 22


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.
phenry is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #7
Post Hoc Ergo Propter Hoc
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Revvy's Avatar
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: "Detroitish" Michigan
Posts: 40,816
Liked 2883 Times on 1701 Posts
Likes Given: 3514


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.
Like my snazzy new avatar? Get Sons of Zymurgy swag, here, and brew with the best.

Revvy's one of the cool reverends. He has a Harley and a t-shirt that says on the back "If you can read this, the bitch was Raptured. - Madman

I gotta tell ya, just between us girls, that Revvy is HOT. Very tall, gorgeous grey hair and a terrific smile. He's very good looking in person, with a charismatic personality... he drives like a ****ing maniac! - YooperBrew
Revvy is offline
Ghost1220 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:41 PM   #8
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: State College, PA
Posts: 44
Liked 4 Times on 4 Posts
Likes Given: 1


First Beer was an Irish Red Ale that never carbed up...it 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
ctrlpabrewer is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:44 PM   #9
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
homebrewdad's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 3,265
Liked 380 Times on 277 Posts
Likes Given: 251


My first beer was a brown ale that was actually quite good. Haven't had a bad batch yet (knock on wood).
Check out the priming sugar calculator, yeast starter calculator, and the beer calorie calculator.
homebrewdad is offline
Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2012, 03:51 PM   #10
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: West Lafayette, IN
Posts: 1,218
Liked 129 Times on 111 Posts
Likes Given: 137


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.

zeg is offline
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New to the Home Brew; Festa Brew Wheat with Honey! SeamusMac Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 26 08-27-2013 08:54 PM
Home brew competition at brew school Hopfarmer Hops Growing 2 04-20-2013 10:53 PM
home made => home brew iambeer Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 3 10-08-2012 01:48 PM
For Sale - brew craft deluxe home brew kit all you need to make beer cowboybuckup For Sale 20 07-01-2012 05:16 AM
Home brew or micro brew near Cape Cod? kryznic Massachusetts HomeBrew Forum 6 08-19-2010 02:28 AM

Forum Jump

Newest Threads