Hello from South Carolina! I began brewing a few months ago as stress relief from a 1 hour daily commute and 2-year-old twin boys (who are pretty awesome, by the way!). Anyway, I'm into my second brew and I have what I think is a pretty big problem.
My first brew was an Irish Red malt extract kit from Midwest, and it turned out pretty tasty. I only did a 1 stage fermentation in the brew bucket. My second brew is a Belgian Whitbier, also a malt extract kit from Midwest. It recommended a secondary fermentation, so I fermented in the brew bucket for 8 days, then siphoned into a 6.5 gallon glass carboy. After about 7 days in secondary, everything was fine. I went out of town for a few days, came back, and found the stopper lying beside the carboy. There is no head, but there was no head on my first brew right before I bottled. I believe my biggest problem at this point is contamination. How screwed am I?