Originally Posted by RM-MN
Controlling fermentation temperatures made the most difference in my beers and all I did was move to a cooler room (62 to 64 degrees) for my ales. A fermentation chamber would be nice but somewhat expensive. If you have a cooler place to work with how about a tub of water and an aquarium heater to control the temperature?
This is good advice. It drives me nuts when someone tries to tell a relatively new brewer they need precise temp control. Ferm temp is important but precise control is not.
My suggestion is to look into starters and use liquid yeast. There are just so many options with liquid yeast.
The best thing you could probably do is find the thing you like the least about brewing and buy something to make that step easier. You seem to have a pretty decent equipment profile. There are other things that may seem more expensive but they are actually cheaper in the end. I spent way to much money replacing broken hydrometers. I should have bought a refractometer long before I did.
One of the simplest and cheapest things I've done to make my day easier is buy a $10 tool box and put some basic tools in it. It's great to have what I need on hand without having to run to the basement. Off the top of my head I keep a screwdriver, a couple adjustable wrenches, hose clamps, lighter, muslin bags, and some other random things I can't think of right now.