Well I brewed my first batch and I do not have high hopes for it, quite a few mistakes. I cannot wait to get it into bottles so that I can start the next batch. I do have one question though. How does one remove the malt aroma out of the house? When I leave and come back, it hits me hard. Personally, I like the smell but my wife has other opinions.
Welcome! I'm just a few batches ahead of you, and I had the same low hopes for my first batch (pale ale) when I bottled it. You may be very pleasantly surprised how drinkable it is when it's been bottle conditioned for a few weeks.
I've got the same issues with the malt smell in my house. My 17 year old son (my brew partner) and I like the smell, but my wife and daughters all hate it. I haven't tried to do a whole lot yet to deal with it. We've been brewing in the kitchen, and here in the northeast the air conditioning doesn't get shut off until late august - early september, so windows haven't been much of an option.
I understand your pain. I live in Oklahoma and the AC might not get shut off until late September early October, which really makes it hard to brew in the summertime. We just hit a perfect spot where it was cool in the morning and hot in the afternoon and opening the windows in the morning made the smell go away rather quickly.