So, my experience with brewing beer tells me that brewing beer is easy , and difficult. The "easy" part is that it really doesn't involve much. You need sugar, hops, and yeast. That is pretty much the basic recipe. The "magic" (if you will) occurs in the "how" you put your brew together. Do you use light malts or dark malts? What type of yeast do you use? Full grain? Partial grain? All extract or partial extract? It really doesn't matter beyond the fact that you are trying to create a specific flavor - a specific type of beer. You can literally create beer out of any type of sugar and the hops and yeast determine p what type of beer it will be. I am, personally, trying to create my own "style" of IPA. But the basic ingredients are the same - sugar (either through grains or dme and lme ) and yeast and hops. That is pretty much it. After that, it is just about producing a flavor. Which grains do I use? Which hops do I use? Do I want something like an IPA or a Lager? Whatever your "style" of beer, it still comes down to those 3 basic ingredients and when you use them.