I recommend kits for new brewers, you're more likely to be happy with your beer and keep up the hobby. If you don't like an original recipe, you'll never know if it's the recipe, your brewing techniques, or your ferm techniques.
The fewer variables, the more predictable the success.
Give a man a beer, waste an hour. Teach a man to brew, and waste a lifetime! Bill Owen quote
Why does Happy Hour limit happiness to 1/24 of the day?