Welcome Matt...I'm new to the hobby, just got my first "solo" batch done last night. Definitely learned some tricks the first time around. I had only ever watched and participated with friends before...much different when doing it alone.
I'd definitely suggest going and talking with Derek and checking equipment out in person. If we want a good homebrew shop in the local area we should all try our hardest to support the local place and pump money in there
Not even 24 hours after racking my brew into the primary there are lots of healthy bubbles going on in there and a nice thick foam on top. Hoping to see lots of activity in the airlock tomorrow!