I started with Brewer's Best extract kits, which included both extract only and extract with steeping grains. Then I graduated to brewing recipies that were offered on my LHBW website. From there I bought "Brewing Classic Styles" and read it through. Now I am AG and generally select a style I wish to brew, read several recipies for that style on the recipies forum, draft out my own recipie, and plug it into tasty brew to check that the IBUs and color are within the style range. Sounds like a lot more work than it actually is.