Hi Josh, welcome to the forums, and welcome to homebrewing. If the equipment kit you bought is the same one listed on the front page of this site
, then that looks like pretty standard gear. Just follow the instructions that came with your ingredient kit, and you should be fine.
Couple things to remember:
*EVERYTHING that comes in contact with the beer from the time you shut the heat off after the boil until it touches your tongue coming out of the bottle must be CLEAN and SANITIZED
*Don't leave the lid on the pot while you're boiling
*Leave enough room in your boil kettle for the water volume to expand and come to a rolling boil. Boil overs are never fun
*Read this site: How to Brew, by John Palmer
. Better yet, buy the book. Soak in as much as you can.
*If you're going to be topping off the wort in the fermenter to reach a full five gallons, make sure you mix it throughly before you take a hydrometer sample
*If using dry yeast, it is a good idea to rehydrate it in a small bowl of warm water at least an hour before throwing it in the fermenter.
*Don't be afraid to ask questions
*One little mistake (or even a few) won't totally ruin your beer.
* Aerate your wort the best you can before you throw the yeast in, and then never again
*Be Patient! Despite what the kit's instructions may tell you, leave it in the fermenter for a minimum of 2 weeks. For your stout, probably a minimum of 3 weeks. Even if the hydrometer readings indicate that sugar conversion is done, it doesn't mean that your yeast is done doing their job yet.