I hate to admit to this, but my first BrewMaster kit was also a gift. It sat in my garage for about 3years!!! Through Summers and Winters. The DME had hardend in the packets. I decided if my first brew was probably going to be a bust anyhow, I might as well just go through the motions with that kit. In being a newb, and being overwhelmed by all the steps, I was not prepared to cool the wort, so it cooled over the coarse of about 5 hours. I also forgot to top off to 5.... Anyhow, I pitched the packet of dry yeast at about 80degrees. Amazingly, it fermented!!! The beer turned out to have off flavors, but we still drank it. I will never admit to this again.
I have since brewed a MW Nut Brown Ale which turned out great... used Wyeast for that. And I have a Copper Ale in the bucket now (used WL029) and it got so active that I almost rigged it with a blowoff.
My point is... if it's your first brew... Just focus more on learning the process, than worrying on it turning out ok.