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.
Designing Great Beers£19.99
by Ray Daniels
Designing Great Beers is essential reading for brewers who formulate their own recipes. Why? If you want to brew, say, an extra special bitter, you need to know what characterises the style, and what ingredients and processes will yield those characteristics. Until now this has required either a lot of research or just plain guesswork. ''Serious brewers should clear a space on their bookshelves for Designing Great Beers'' -- Greg Noonan, owner and brewer at the Vermont Pub and Brewery, founder of the Seven Barrel Brewery, and Author of New Brewing Lager, Scotch Ale and the Seven Barrel Brewery Brewer's Handbook.
Paperback December 1996 390 pages