Originally Posted by woollymammoth
Got a Homebrew Kit for Christmas. Anyone got any good ideas for a first batch. Mainly looking for something easy that will still taste good. Since it's cold I would like to stick with a stout or porter.
I take it you got an equipment kit so you are probably looking for an ingredient kit. I would recommend getting an extract kit from either Northern Brewer Home Brewing
or Midwest Supplies
Both have excellent extract with specialty grain kits (though I tend to prefer Northern Brewer's selections). IMO, these kits will yield better brews compared to a straight up all extract kit.
They have plenty of Stout and Porter kits. For your first time out don't attempt a high gravity beer, so stay away from anything with Double or Imperial added to the name. These brews are more difficult to brew and will cause you all sorts of troubles, something you don't need until you have a few brew under your belt.
Hope that helps.