Hi, I'm new to the forum and new to brewing, so apologies if this has been answered elsewhere, I did a quick search and couldn't find anything which answered my (admittedly rather subjective) question. I'm about to embark upon my first forays into brewing and want to invest in some kit, having been having a poke around a few brewing forums by way of research. I've also just read Mikkeller Book of Beer, in which Mr. Mikeller tells the reader, essentially, the only way of brewing a decent beer is to use an all-grain brewing method, that using a malt syrup or powdered malt is never going to give you a great result. Is there any real benefit to starting out with a kit malt powder a la the Coopers one? The all grain method certainly adds a layer of complexity, but it doesn't look like rocket science (he says naively), as long as I follow the timings and methods precisely. I'm pretty particular about my beer, and I know what I Iike, so whilst I'm very aware my first experiments with all grain are likely to be a bit rubbish and subject to trial and error, equally what I've read I'm not expecting powders/syrups to ever be more than mediocre, so I'd rather start with a technique that I can perfect over time than one that will only ever be so-so. Am I setting myself up for a fall to start out with all grain? Obviously the cost of entry is significantly higher, and where I could get a Coopers kit for £60 GBP an all grain kit is likely to come in around £300 GBP, but I'd rather invest in something that is going to last, rather than something I'm likely to chuck out after a couple of months. Any advice for a total n00b? Thanks!