Come on everyone, we've all been there. I'm compiling a list of things that often get overlooked for new extract brewers and I'm going to toss them on a website for a stupid technology class I need to take right now. I'm not looking to really cover the boiling process itself because I think that should be self explanatory in the direction in most kits but rather the other important things. However, if you feel there is something critical to the boil that gets messed up often toss it out there. So far I have:
General yeast care: Includes pitching rates, temp control and leaving it do it's thing for three weeks.
The importance of a hydrometer
The fact that secondary fermentation is not always necessary.
Cleaning then sanitize, sanitize, sanitize everything!
Aerating your wort
Correctly measuring stuff