« on: January 09, 2017, 01:45:47 PM »
I would have to disagree with the temp control part (at the very least) on that list. .
There's less need for it where I live (UK) - never very hot and not much seasonal variation. However, I do keep my ferments cool as I've had nasty hangovers from rare summer heatwaves.
I do think temp control helps a little. But it doesn't take beer to "the next level" - plenty of brulosophy experiments to back that up.
"The next level" is 99% placebo effect. That's not to say placebos don't work - they can be very effective, especially where subjective judgement is concerned.
Like I said, I made pretty good beer in a cool basement and get that the climate is different as a whole in the UK. But calling fridge/controller temp control placebo effect just isn't accurate IMO. I do see it as 'next level'. It offers an array of benefits (reducing heat generated from fermentation, better control of esters, phenols and fusels, precise temp schedule for beers that need it, better foam at cooler fermentation temps, etc.) Regardless, I don't doubt that your beer is good. We can agree to disagree and that's perfectly fine.