Originally Posted by homebrewer_99
1. You are already reading about the subject...one down.
2. Read John Palmer's "How to Brew" book. Version 1 is free to read on-line.
3. Stay away from boxed kits with liquid malt extract (LME). These brews will be darker than you anticipate. Go straight to Dry Malt Extract (DME) and read up on the Late Addition brewing technique.
...I know, you're part of the corn/ethanol rip off...
I wont disagree with these, but i might suggest a slight variation of point 3. I'd suggest you get a kit, LME, DME, doesn't matter. Just brew some beer. For your first batch you should focus on the process and not worry so much about those areas a lot of people worry about here that i call 'judging guidelines.'
Things like color of the beer and other things are good to worry about when you have a firm sense of how to influence and control them (i.e. after a few brews). The experience of cracking open a beer you've taken from start to finish is pretty cool and very addicting. I think that is the first and most important experience. Brew first, worry about the other things later.