If you are a New Brewer and have the ability to join a Homebrew club; please do.
I'd like to share a story of homebrewer that was getting so frustrated w/his brews he was ready to give it all up. He attended one of our meetings recently (his first meeting ever) after brewing for five plus years all by himself with no other brewers.
He had all the kegs, the three tier equipment, and the overall knowledge to Brew a good beer it seemed. He is doing all grain but was disappointed in all of his beers to date. He said they had a strange taste and Bite to them. We went over all his process in great detail first (very good I might add!) and everything seemed fine; he seemed to have it down pretty good. He was a Primary only Brewer as well.
We did a taste and asked him if he liked the Buttered Popcorn and Extreme Yeast bite? ?
Upon a deeper dive he told us he knew that you didn't need the secondary anymore and could primary only......So, for the last many years,.... yes.. he would rack his seven day old beer right into the keg and then into the Keggerator...... ; no secondary anymore
It seems like a simple fix for him; just a couple more weeks on the yeast cake and his beer should be very good. We are looking foreword to him as a new member and not loosing a brother in brewing.
A Homebrew Club can help you evaluate your beer, your process, and your "personal" brewing wants and needs. It's not always about the best equipment. It's a great help to new brewers and like golf, can help you perfect your swing before you give up the sport and toss the clubs in the closet.
Hope this helps.