We started off as about as simple as you can get with a Mr. Beer home brew kit. Actually I have had this kit for over 10 years and have never used it until now. Don't worry I bought a new ingredients kit to brew with.
As far as home brewing kits go, it doesn't get any simpler than this. One can of hop malt extract, sugar, water, and yeast. We brewed last week and bottled today. There's how it went down.