I don't really have anything as far as advice ingredient/recipe-wise but I have made that kit and I thought it was really good. It was my first brew ever, actually so I followed the directions exactly as they were. The only thing I can suggest is let it sit in the bottles a couplefew months for the best flavor, which I understand goes for most stouts anyway. Being my first brew ever I didn't have that kind of patience, so I only did that with a 6 pack. After a few weeks it was really good but now that it's been 3 months (I'm totally still a noob!) it's great- wish I had more of it now... Good luck to ya and enjoy!