« on: November 08, 2012, 10:57:43 AM »
Have you purchased brewing software? How about reading Designing Great Beers? There is nothing wrong with kit brewing at all. But if you feel like you are cheating, then learn how to create your own recipes and read up on the styles. I've found it to be the most fun part of the hobby and now have over 100 different recipes in my rolodex. Maybe try one kit from each style you like and then learn how you can tweak it to your taste.
I own Brewsmith (and have used it for each of the batches previously). I also own and have read a majority of How to Brew, Designing Great Beers, and Radical Brewing.
Brewing the kits and getting a sense of how they taste and altering the kits in the future seems like a decent way of learning. I just feel that what I've been brewing is just not that great and I want to be better. I guess by purchasing a kit, I at least know that the people at NB know it to be a good kit and anything that happens after that point is all on me.