« on: September 01, 2013, 08:30:21 AM »
Short answer: don't give up
Long answer: I'd really look into getting your water analyzed and start using a water calculator. That made a huge difference for me, especially my pale lagers. I noticed a much smaller improvement in my ales. I'd also try to make sure I didn't over pitch or under pitch.
For fermentation you might look at (apologies if I get this wrong) what Mike McDole does. It is much quicker and in my experience works better. A brewpub brewer uses that technique professionally as well.
For me lagers really made me pay more attention to smaller details.