The American Pale Ale me and my brewing buddy brewed over 5 weeks ago has come out great! Yes, I gave in and had a drink 5 weeks in, but I must say, I was totally surprised at the great taste it had! I can't wait to have some more. I will let it age a week more before I indulge myself, but I am ecstatic at the fact that this was just my second batch and it came out as good or better then what I expected. This hobby is for sure a keeper . We are still thinking about our next batch, but since I picked the previews batch, it will be up to my brewing partner to pick the next batch. He was interested in doing a double chocolate stout, but that might change. He had a Guinness for the first time and even though he liked it, he mentioned he couldn't taste much hop flavor and so I told him to keep in mind that the double chocolate stout will probably lack in that area as well. I told him that a American Brown Ale would probably do the trick do to the more hoppy flavor (this is just based on what I have read of course) and might be more like what he is looking for(a dark beer with much flavor). What do you all think?