As a beginner, really focus on nailing down your process and sanitization. Find a supplier you like and trust, follow some tried and true recipes and make some good drinkable beer. Once you're comfortable with that, maybe try to slowly expand your technique, gear and process. It's all about balance, find what process and technique works for you and makes great beer you like to drink and use that as your foundation. Don't over extend yourself on complicated rigs or recipes, just make some damn good beer and you'll be happy.
"You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline - it helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer."