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.
Husband and wife team Mark and Tess Szamatulski have spent years developing the recipes in this book for the happy customers of their homebrew supply shop, Maltose Express, in Monroe, Connecticut.
All the 200 recipes in the book come with separate malt extract, mini mash and all grain instructions to replicate famous beers including one of my personal favourites, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I do love the spicy citrus nose and taste that comes from the Cascade hops they use!
The recipes cover a good variety of beer styles from all over the world including classics such as Anchor Steam Beer, Bass Ale, Bishops Finger, Bitburger, Brains Traditional Welsh Ale, Chimay Red, Coopers Sparkling Ale, Duval, Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier, Elephant, Fullers ESB, Guinness Extra Stout, Kwak Pauwel, J W Lees Harvest Ale, Newcastle Brown, Old Specked Hen, Orval, Pilsner Urquell, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Samiclaus, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Singha and Spitfire.
If you ever manage to work your way through all these it will be time to start all over again!
2nd Edition Paperback 2010 439 pages