redis throws an error even though extension is loaded just fine

Its my fifth day trying to fix this on my mac mountain-lion. I used home brew to install phpredis using this By the way home brew was also used to install redis. My php info shows

Redis Support   enabled
Redis Version   2.2.3

when I run this code

$redis = new Redis();
$redis->connect('', 6379);

$redis->set('key', 'val');

echo $redis->get('key')


I get this error

 Fatal error: Uncaught exception 'RedisException' with message 'Redis server went away' in /Library/WebServer/Documents/test/index.php on line 6
    ( ! ) RedisException: Redis server went away in /Library/WebServer/Documents/test/index.php on line 6

What am I missing


Are you sure the Redis Server is running?

If you go to the Mac command line and type redis-cli, do you get a prompt like:


If not, your server isn't running. You can start it manually by running redis-server, then test your script.

There are probably better ways of running redis server on a mac, but at least you'll know if it's just a matter of starting the server.

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