thanks for all the help guys. i think im just over thinking everything. Im gonna just brew a batch and go from there. Yeah i checked Camp McClellan out the other day,not bad but i think you are right about being geared toward wine. I heard there is a good shop call "something brewing" in galesburg. i havent been there but i do go fishing down in that area so i might have to check it out.
Be sure to post back if you do get a chance to check them out. It's just under an hour drive from me so it's not completely unreasonable, but it's still far enough that I probably wouldn't make the trip unless it's a pretty well stocked shop. Unless I happened to be down that direction anyway, of course.
I'm south of milan and we have well water so this post has absolutely no relevance to the topic. I use the water machines from hyvee. I have 2 5 gallon jugs I fill up so my water only costs like an extra $4.