ok I've got to be honest with you all.. I joined this forum with no intention what so ever of ever brewing anything .. [BOO HISS KICK HIM OUT, BURN HIM and so on..] so why did I join a home brew forum then if I have no intention of ever brewing anything.. good question. first reason is, I was building a kegerator and stumbled across this forum whilst searching around for help and advise .. why didn't I join a kegerator forum then?? there's plenty around ?? another good question which leads to my 2nd reason for joining a home brew forum.. I saw that buying kegs of beer from a brewery is really expensive and not something I would be able to afford to keep doing, so I was hoping to find home brewers that lived pretty close that would brew beer for me and (knowing it's illegal to sell it to me) I was gonna buy all the stuff and plenty of it so they could get themselves plenty of free beer for their troubles.. I only did that once and was quite surprised how expensive that turned out to be too.. I finally gave in and decided the cheapest way to keep my kegerator in beer is to make it myself... So when asked what do I want for fathers day I bit the bullet and took a trip to wilko's I now have a few bits that I have no idea what to do with , I'm officially a home brew noob now and finally in the right place I have a fermenting bucket, a spoon, thermometer strips and homebrew kit . and lots of questions... 1, I don't have one of those air lock things as there is no hole in the top of the bucket.. does that matter?? should I get one and drill an hole in the top or just not put the top on properly?? and if I did that though is there a chance of something nasty getting in? 2, I don't have a hydrometer.. do I need one for simple kits? 3, The kit I got is wilkos mexican cerveza, it says to add sugar.. is that just normal sugar, or do I buy some kind of brewing sugar ?? 4, do I need anything else ? cheers for your help guys daz..