Brewing from kits is a simple process but there are ways to tailor the beer to suit particular preferences.
This, and brewing from malt extract and / or grain, is well covered in this range of books.
Brew like a Monk£16.95
Brew like a Monk delves into monastic brewing, exploring this speciality of the brewing world through detailed visits to the modern producers in both America and Belgium. Along the way, Stan Hieronymus examines methods for brewing these unique ales suitable for both commercial and amateur brewers.
Paperback 2005, USA, 272 pages