To be fair, the beer machine does make beer and some have had great success with makign some pretty palatable stuff (as compared to large commercial stuff) with them. However, the price of admission for the beer machine is almost the same as your average Home Brew Store's 'beginner's kit'.
I've never heard of anyone who used a Beer Machine and enjoyed making their own who didn't eventually end up with real homebrew tools. Thyus, it seems to me, you might as well skip the Brew Machine and go directly to the real kit.
Jason 'Kornkob' Robinson
I wanna move to Theory. Everything works in Theory.