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Title: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: scott on February 13, 2011, 01:55:53 AM
I'm a fairly new partial-boil extract brewer and would like to figure out the next step in improving the quality of my beer.  I am thinking about:
- making starters
- wort chillers
- fermentation temperature control
- full boils

What will likely give me the most improvement? Or is there something else that will improve the quality?  I am shying away from full boils because I cannot do them in my kitchen and don't care too much about hop efficiency.  There is not anything I can point to that I do not like about my beer, but that is probably because I'm just starting.

Scott
Title: Re: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: Hokerer on February 13, 2011, 01:58:39 AM
Fermentation temp control be my absolute number 1 priority.  Number 2 would be starters unless you're happy with just using dry yeasts, then you don't need them.  Wort chillers are nice but much less important if you're not doing full boils and full boils, well, you've already stated how you feel about them.
Title: Re: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: bonjour on February 13, 2011, 04:16:56 AM
There are 2 steps to making beer, Preping the wort and fermenting the wort.
Since you have limitations on preping the wort the obvious is to control the fermenting of the wort, so temp contol
Title: Re: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: tschmidlin on February 13, 2011, 06:56:25 AM
3 for 3 - fermentation temp control
Title: Re: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: tumarkin on February 13, 2011, 12:27:22 PM
+1, go for fermentation control.

but that said, making starters really isn't too complicated and doesn't require a lot of additional equipment (stir plates are nice, but certainly not necessary). so I'd suggest you do that too. leave the wort chilling for whenever (if) you move to full boil.
Title: Re: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: scott on February 13, 2011, 12:54:52 PM
Thanks everyone. 

Looks like my next step is a Son of Fermentation Chiller or a Water Fermentation Chiller.  I'll also start making some starters because that does not look that difficult.

Scott
Title: Re: What is the next step to improve my beer?
Post by: etbrew on February 14, 2011, 11:59:21 PM
Looks like my next step is a Son of Fermentation Chiller or a Water Fermentation Chiller.  I'll also start making some starters because that does not look that difficult.

Scott

Depending on your location you could probably get away with a swamp cooler.  It was suggested to me on this forum and it worked like a charm.  It's also nice because it costs next to nothing.