I have been away from the forum entirely now for years. I used to be quite a lurker as I gathered up all the information I could about this amazing hobby that sometimes seems more than just a hobby. Recently I began lurking again, and so I thought I would just type up a post. It seems not much has changed, with a constant influx of newbies needing questions answered, contrasted with the handful of knowledgeable brew-masters ready and willing to help. Thank you to the Masters!!! Dragging us all along after all these years. I brewed my first few batches before the age of the internet, dropped a full and slippery carboy between my legs with flip flops on, and cut my achilles tendon. I took 15 years off and came back to find a vast array of knowledge at my fingertips thanks to forums like this. One thing that hasn't changed is the stress that new brewers have over the small stuff. This is totally natural. Just as Papazian said all those years ago though, relax and have a home brew! I have my own saying for this, "bro.....I brew in TRASH CANS!" I can fit a 20 and 32 gallon brute brand trash can in my large chest freezer and knock out a 40-45 gallon batch between the two. Follow the basic rules of sanitation, have a solid recipe, keep your yeast happy and pitched in large amounts, watch your temps, and the beer makes itself. Beer is so much more forgiving than we sometimes give it credit for. I recently scored a 17 gallon conical with all the bells and whistles and fermented a batch in it. I honestly don't think its going to be any better beer than what came out of my trash cans. My favorite things about brewing are the myriad of ways to skin a cat (aka, brew beer), mixed with all of the things that you can build yourself instead of buying new, if you just search for it and give it a try. So to the new guys worried about thier airlock bubbling, or oxidation during transfer, or all the other stuff there is to freak out about, I say.........bro..........I brew in trash cans.