Hi Bill! Welcome back to the obsession! I'm just to the south of you (or maybe east, depending) in Tacoma. If you're just starting here, don't bother with any other forums! HBT is definitely the best! What books are you pouring through? I'd recommend John Palmer's "How to Brew", the original edition is available online at www.howtobrew.com, but the print version is worth it.
Again, welcome back!
"Oh don't give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit/No, don't you give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit/For my head will fly, my tongue will lie, my eyes will fry and I may die/Won't you pour me one more of that sinful Old Janx Spirit"