Originally Posted by BrewKid
Wow.. When I saw these kits offered by Mr. Beer I was completely shocked. Seriously, this is embarrassing. Let me ask everyone out there a question and maybe I'm an idiot. But how many people actually start out using these Mr. Beer kits as to say a Brewers Best kit? Personally when I started I chose the Brewers Best kit because of all the great supplies included with the great price. How does everyone else compare or should I ask, what should the first time home brewer look for in a kit?
I started with a Brewer's Best kit too. I think the appeal of Mr. Beer is that it's fairly small, and simple, and cheap. After Christmas, they are like $20 on the shelves at Wal-greens!
Actually, the very first "beer kit" I ever bought was a Beer Machine 2000. It was small, simple, and seemed like it would be good. I never actually made a drinkable beer in it after a couple of tries, and I think it's still in my basement with the powdered mixes. It was years later that I got a Brewer's Best kit.