Agreed, Bill. The DC area has some excellent local shops that I've been visiting. At your suggestion, I'll pick up a few sample of various grains and get to know them better.
I must say, the HBT Wiki and this forum are the best resources for a new AG brewer!
All Grain Astronomer
Kegged: Honey Porter
On Deck: Blonde
Past: Caramel Amber, Winter Belgian Wit, Pale Ale