I have only made beer using starter kits, like from brewers best. How do you guys make your beer? If you buy your ingredients separately how do you know what you need and what goes together good. There is a liquor store near me with tons of homebrew ingredients, malt extract, hops, grains, etc. but I have no idea what do to with any of it. If I wanted to make something dark like Guinness is it better just to buy an Irish stout kit or go and pick out certain ingredients?