So much great info it's difficult to quote everything on my phone. Thanks for all the input and keep it coming. I found something useless in damn near every post.
I assume you meant to say useful...
Great advice here as always.
Agree completely with the suggestions of Designing Great Beers and keeping it simple
I also suggest drinking a lot of beer I drink many examples of every style I can find and take copious tasting notes. At first I could not pick out many flavors but over time I learned. I am no expert but that exercise really helped me learn what certain styles should taste like and when I brewed an example I could compare it to what I had tasted before.