Ha I just got a kit myself and was going to start this thread.
lol, hurray for Christmas! My Dad used to u-brew about 20 years ago, now he's into his own wine. Has a constant supply of about 300 bottles in his basement so that he's never drinking anything newer than about 1.5 years old.
Jeez, a little longer and they're all going to start singing the stonecutter's song.
I brew some kit beers for fridge filler, but mainly other recipes or my own recipes. I do a mix of full grain and extract with specialty grains brewing. Honestly, there isn't a huge difference in final product. The biggest difference is the cost if you're brewing a big beer. That extract gets expensive on 8%+ beers.
Cool! I'm the first to admit I'm more into "wussie" beers than strong IPAs, stouts, etc. A nice 5% white ale with an orange in it would be great by me, the one complicated beer I'd like to try making one day would be a lambic raspberry beer. I think it'd be interesting to do a lambic in Alberta. Seems like most of them are done in belgium and Alberta must have some very different yeasts floating around in the air.