Those kits are darn handy, aren't they? I did my first successful five-gallon batch with one, and it was the first beer I sent out into the wild. I've done the Christmas kit, which isn't very Christmas-y, but delicious, in its own unique way. More importantly, they instill confidence, which I will need when I do my first original recipe this weekend. That is, assuming the weather goes south. Otherwise, I'll end up like dozens of other idiots down in Madison: on a bicycle.