The information in these books are well layed out, but some of it can still be intimidating. Especially when you start to move into intermediate and advanced techniques of brewing (so many variables!). When starting out, proper sanitization techniques are the best thing to master. Partial mash brewing is a great time to play around with all the little variables these books will present, but don't feel like you have to practice all of them (water chemistry, pH, enzyme temps, water bill) at once. As long as you keep everything clean and sanitized, your beers will turn out great!
How To Brew- John Palmer http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?ur...palmer&x=0&y=0
Brewing Quality Beers- Byron Burch http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?ur...+beers&x=0&y=0
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing- Charlie Papazian http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss?ur...rewing&x=0&y=0
Once you're ready to start formulating your own recipes:
Designing Great Beers- Ray Daniels http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_0_...ng+Great+Beers
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Secondary:IPA, just "IPA"
Bottled: Applewood Smoked Porter, Windy Bridge Stout, Maple Chocolate Pumpkin Ale, Maple Pumpkin Ale, California Steam, Black Cat Porter, Irish Coffee Stout
Kegged: Blackberry Stout, Nut Brown, Sweet Cider, Apfelwein #2, IPA, SNCA Clone