Make Your Own Crystal Malt
Crystal malts are a staple in almost every beer recipe, but not every base grain is available commercially in crystal malt form. (We've never seen a commercial version of crystal Pilsner malt.) Making your own malt allows you to play with unique flavors you couldn't acquire another way.
Do Your Annual Equipment Maintenance
It may not be sexy, but deep cleaning and equipment maintenance are essential to keep your homemade beers tasting good. Replace clear tubing, inspect fermentation buckets, racking canes, and funnels for scratches in the plastic, and check the calibration of your thermometer and hydrometer.
Get Set Up To Brew Outdoors
Brewing outdoors on a propane burner saves time, and might even save your relationship—not everyone wants their home to smell like a brewery all the time. An outdoor setup is also easier to clean at the end of your brew day.
Plant Some Hops
After the threat of frost has passed, you can start your own hop bines in your backyard. In a few years you may be able to produce all the hops you need for your homebrewing!
Switch to Kegging
Never wash a bottle again! Switching to kegs requires a bit of money initially, but you'll be saving yourself a lot of bottle-washing; plus, you'll be able to offer samples of your beer to friends and family without committing to a whole bottle.
Build a Stir Plate
Making your own stir plate for yeast starters is easy, cheap, and quite a bit of geeky fun.