The more I've thought about it, the more I will likely stay away from Mr. Beer. I'm pretty sure I'll be getting a true beginners kit and starting with some beer "kits" to make specific types of beer - will then graduate and purchase actual hops, malts, etc.
Here is a definite newb question. The beginners kits (like this one: Welcome to Bull City Homebrew
) comes with a 6.5 gallon fermenter and 6.5 gallon bucket with spigot - do I really need both unless I am doing a secondary fermentation? I figured everything would just go into the spigot bucket and then bottle straight from there. I'm not even quite sure (yet) how to do the transfer. I suppose it would be nice to speed up the in-between-beers process by transferring the batch and starting a new one.