Welcome to the forums! I asked that this forum be started just for you to ask your questions and to get simple, clear answers. We will likely be exploring your questions in depth in other threads in the other forums but this one is for you. We have a wide range of skill levels here and we practice a number of different techniques but key is that we can answer your questions clearly and directly. So ask. You will be treated respectfully: No one will make noob jokes if you tell us you've been staring at your first carboy of beer for six hours straight, waiting to see that first bubble in the airlock. We've all done it. There are no stupid questions and one of the great parts of Brewer's Friend is that we will not answer as if they were. No one here has ever told someone to read a book, although we may recommend a few. Finally, in a way I envy you. You've started your journey, everything is new. Beginner mind is a joyous place where all things are possible. Enjoy your time there. We're here to help.