Thanks for all of the advice, folks.
I live on the second floor of a condominium, so outdoor brewing is not much of an option for me. Sounds as though I may be sleeping on the couch on brew night...
There's a place called Listermann's relatively close to me, so I'll probably go there. A friend of mine told me they are pretty helpful.
Also, I started reading How to Brew online, but I might pick up a paper copy to make it easier to read.