Don't split the thread. Newbies can skim or skip over the uber-geeky stuff and glean the info again at a later date, if interested.
Several years ago, when I first read John Palmer's book How to Brew, I skimmed over the water chemistry and adjusting your mash pH chapters. I remember thinking to myself: "That's just overkill! You don't need pH meters, and water chemistry, and stir plates, and Erlenmyer flasks, and temp controllers for your fridge. And, come on, yeast is yeast...!"
Well... I get it now.
One day, hornets nectar, you'll understand it, too. It takes time and effort.
Stick with the AHA forum, and join a homebrew club if you don't already belong to one. Ask a ton of questions. Read the books and magazines. Re-read them periodically. Brewing is complicated and nuanced enough that you can't understand it all at once. I think you'll like the homebrewer community--we're a pretty friendly and generous bunch.