Brewed my first batch on Saturday. A Beer Simply Beer IPA kit. Wanted to try something inexpensive and basic for my first brew. Things went fairly well except I didn't aerate as well as I hoped and didn't re-hydrate the yeast before pitching. I did a lot of reading beforehand and was really afraid of using an airlock and having it blow off so I decided to ferment in my 6.5 gallon plastic bucket instead of a carboy and use a blowoff tube stuck in the rubber grommet on the top of the bucket lid and have it going into a growler with starsan/water mixture. I didn't see any activity in the blowoff tube and no visible fermentation until Monday morning. I still don't see any activity (bubbles) in the tube and the kraussen looks like it is dropping. Of course being my first batch, I am always checking on it and it smells good so I'm hoping everything is moving along. I plan on checking the gravity after about 2-1/2 weeks and possibly bottling at 3 weeks if the gravity hasn't changed. Any words of wisdom or suggestions?