Originally Posted by Sea
Fermentation control can be far less than "perfect" and still do everything you need. Course so can your brewing setup, but the wow factor is higher.
I'd rather be able to keep the fermenting wort within a 2-3F range, than be at the mercy of the weather. It's been all over the place this winter. Hell, it was over 50F yesterday, then dropped to single digits last night.
Of course, I'd also want an aging chamber/area with a stable temperature, or a ~5F variance over the course of the year... Since I'm still living in an apartment, that's not going to happen... Since I also don't have the space for the brew sculpture, it would be pointless for me to have one.
When I eventually have a house, then I'll make a Fermentation Room... A place where I'll be able to make both beer and mead all I want...