I made my first batch tonight! I'm actually still boiling as I type this, and it smells gooooooood and malty. I used a coopers Real Ale kit (I know I know, I'm doing second batch tomorrow after stopping at LHBS for some hops etc). Anyway, I did fix it up a bit so it wouldnt be so plain and used:
the kit extract
1 lb golden yellow sugar
500g light DME
I got past the 'take it off once it boils so you dont scorch your extract' stage
so I'm pretty proud of myself there
I'm excited for tomorrow, I want to move on to AG batches as soon as I can!