So the long and short of it is this....go slow, start easy, realize there's nothing to lose and everything to gain in the process. We've all started off as novice brewers, and we've all got much to learn and improve upon after countless batches. That's the beauty of this hobby. I started with the simple LME kits and basic equipment, and made the transition to all grain and more sophisticated equipment and procedures when I was ready. It's an evolution, and it can be as painful or enjoyable as you make it. Choose the latter, and just read, ask questions, and move at your own pace...you won't be disappointed. Good luck and keep us in the loop- we are all here to help.