I think I have something to say to everyone who has replied to my message:
To rod: Even though I replied right after your message I'm still inclined to say that no matter what I'll probably still upgrade to a better system once I learn a little more about it.
To Ize and ablrbrau: I think you're hearing me loud and clear.
To fa1321tx: I don't know exactly where you're going with you're comment. It may cost money to learn, but it still seems fun. If I learn it in the end then it should save me money in the end. MrBeer was a gift, so I won't lose too much. And I've been reading about homebrewing over the last few days, and I really have some drive to learn about it.
To Lounge Lizard: I am having fun with my Mr. Beer, and I think your right. That is what counts at first. I have been looking at my kegermentor everyday to see if it looks any different. I think I will be one of the people you mention who will expand my horizons (and I haven't even finished my first batch). I also like how you point out the that 2-gallon batches may be better in the beginning so that I don't make 5-gallons of something I don't want. I was almost ready to purchase a big setup until I read that. Good lookout. Thanks. And another "thank you" for www.howtobrew.com
. I checked it out and it seems really good for us newbies.
To TWolf10: If I like brewing then I'll do it often, and I certainly drink enough to sustain a large brew. I may even need several of those 5-gallon systems.
To SteveM: It's only been a couple of days and I already feel the eagerness you described. I'm going to fight it with every inch of my being.
To Monk: This may be the best advice so far given my current situation. I thought one week seemed a little too soon. Especially since the instructions said you may still see some haziness (or clumps of yeast I think was their words). Why not give it a chance to really settle down? I was wondering how safe it would be to let it sit longer. I'll try to fight SteveM's advice even more and give it the full two weeks. I'm assuming after that I should let it sit bottled in a warm (or room temperature) environment for another week before refrigerating.
To dheide: You say you're on your 4th batch and that you have created the "best beer [you've] ever had with this system." How did you make your favorite brew with Mr. Brew?
I was really happy to hear all of your responses. I think this may be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.