Built a hop spider. LHBS folks told me that this would dramatically impact hop utilization. Brewed the same hoppy beer back-to-back. Second batch is as hoppy as the first, and there was less gunk.
Upgraded to a Thermapen. Much faster readings and useful outside of brewing.
Looser mashes, less sparging. I can start to really taste the malts. Also saves time.
Added a March pump. Still incorporating it into the process, but so much less work for mother!
For my last dry-yeast beer (a stout) I rehydrated the yeast. I've been a sprinkler, but kickoff was so fast and healthy, and attenuation was so good, I'm going to keep doing this.
Goals: add fermentation control; add a refractometer.