Clay, what's "pretty bad"? and what type of kits are you working from? Buying the pre-boiled wort in say, a Brewhouse, Festa, or Barons kit, and just handling the fermentation yourself, will tell you if the problems you are having are related to the fermentation stage (which is to say, are either temperature or contamination oriented problems).
Secondary: Sangiovese, Honey Nut Brown, some Pilsner/ale kinda thing that just won't quit...
Tar Sands Porter, Special Dark Bitter,Oaky Red ale, Hammer & Tongs Black Ale, Black Draught, Cooper's Bitter, Baron's Pilsner
Super Saazy Saaz Pilsner Saaz (It's a little green, yet)