I haven't read all the replies to this thread but I would recommend against buying one of the those little Mr. Brew kits. If you really want to try it I would suggest you look up a local brew store. See if they have a brew night or a free brew class on the weekends. Go to the brew night or class and see if you like it. If you do, they will be able to set you up with all the correct tools at one time. They will also make sure you have the ingredients to start your first batch of beer at home. The tools they sell you will be perfect for beer, wine, mead and soda. Home brewing can also lead to home kegging.
I started making wine with my dad as a kid. Most of the time we made vinegar but hey, it was fun. Then later after I got married I figured I'd try it again with our kids. The first batch of wine was killer! Moving forward a few years we now brew beer only on occasion when we want something you can't buy in the stores. We also make soda occasion. Sarsaparilla is by far the best soda on the planet. A good birch beer or root beer comes in second. Wine and mead are the two main things we brew now. We even have a small vineyard in our backyard and make enough wine to keep a good supply year round.
My point is, home brewing is very addictive! Be careful...
Here's a shot of our youngest daughter checking the grape brix at the end of September to see if they were ready for harvest.