This my first post. I've been lurking for a few weeks absorbing all I can. I have found answers to most of questions and concerns by searching the posts.
Like many new home brewers I am trying to take things slowly. The whole process of brewing can be intimidating, and expensive, if you jump into it willy nilly.
I thought I would test the waters (no pun intended) by brewing a 1 gallon batch. No major issues as this forum prepared me for my first shot.
I purchased a 1 gallon kit from NB and followed the directions and all worked out well. One problem; using a 1 gallon jug was a PITA. Within 24 hours I had blow-off all over the place. Again, I checked the forum and discovered that using a blow-off tube in star-san fixed that problem. Everything is hunky dory now.
In the future I plan to continue brewing small batches but will be using a larger fermenter. In one thread, some one suggested going to your local Supermarket and hitting up the bakery for 2 gallon food grade buckets. So I did. They asked how many I wanted they had 30 or so to choose from. I took a 2 and a 3 gallon bucket. These were used for icing and have grommeted lids as well. Total cost $0.00.
Based on what I researched, the going price for these on-line is $5 to $7 with lids and of course shipping.
The way I figure it out, reading HBT saved me $20.