I am an absolute beginner; I've merely helped my brother brew once. I purchased a beer brewing kit and want to get started.
John Palmer's bible suggests that I should throw out the directions that come with any beer kit and follow the general guidelines he lays out.
The back of the can (it is "Black Rock" from New Zealand, their Nut Brown Ale package) suggests to throw the malt extract with water and suger into the fermenter and have at it (well, not that simple, but there's no wort boil step). When I made beer previously with my brother, we boiled the wort -- but we were also hopping the beer.
This malt extract is pre-hopped -- so is there a specific need to boil the wort first? Will this have any impact on the flavor and fermentation of the beer?
Please help! I was hoping to brew tomorrow!