Originally Posted by Schweer
However, that end product will often still be on par or better than 90% of the beers seen in your local supermarket.
I don't know what is at your supermarket but I have never met a homebrewer who brews consistently better beer than is available commonly from commercial brewers.
Some of the best beers I have had were home brewed and the others were commercial, same with the worst. If I want 5-6 really great beers I am better off at the store than pretty much any homebrewers house. Maybe you are the exception, but I've heard that "my beer is better than anything at the store" line a million times and I never agreed.
Ugly baby syndrome is very real. A lot of people have a personality such that they want to think their baby is beautiful, their 6 year old well behaved, their comb-over is fooling everybody, they are really smarter than their boss, and they make the best beer in the world. 99% of homebrewers think their beer is better than average, about half of them are wrong.
Active temp control is not some new fangled home brewing trick. The best brewers have been doing it for decades, the worst brewers still don't do it. Some people do very well with low tech solutions. Nobody can brew all ale styles year round without some form of temp control and do well, thats a fact even if you don't want to believe it.
An IPA fermented at 58 (winter) and one fermented at 80 (summer) will taste drastically different. Anybody who thinks they are both just hunky dory is easy to please or kidding themselves.