hey all you newbies -- i'm relatively new to homebrewing myself (brewed 3 batches), but i wanted to share this with all of you. when i started out, i bought john palmer's brewing book and used it as a guide, but now he's writing articles that you can access for free online at http://www.howtodothings.com
! He's already got a pretty darn comprehensive guide up already -- How To Brew Beer
. Check it out, and stay tuned -- I have word that there will be more from him there.
p.s. if anyone has a good pumpkin ale recipe and wouldn't mind sharing it, i'd love to hear it.