Beer is good. There is no disputing that. However it's not as easy as I first assumed. Every batch seems to introduce a new freaking issue that was not present the batch before.
I stuck with an IPA again because, I like IPA. So take that. However this time I took "Gravity" readings. This is supposed to help me determine the alcohol percentage by volume and per beer. So I splurged and purchased a thermometer to help gauge the temperatures (something I never gave an F- about before). Turns out this is a rather important aspect! Who knew that cooking temp. actually effects the outcome of flavors (idiot).
Anyway, I found that after taking the "Original Gravity" reading (done after you cool the wort and before you pitch the yeast) it read 1.03. As a reference a properly boiled IPA, I have been told, should be in the neighborhood of 1.6 (possibly higher). You can assume my disappointment. With this I can only hope at best for a 3-4% IPA - that is simply crap. I spend all this extra money on proper hops and malt so I can BURN IT ALL OUT. DAMNIT!!
Again, the learning process continues. I will be watching my boil temps much closer next time. This will hopefully help.
PS - The Coors Home Draft thing totally worked. It's an awesome toy for a party or home if you plan on drinking several beers with a friend or two. I suggest it to anyone who likes a cold draft beer.