Thanks Mr. Nice. I'm not scared at all, just trying to weigh the most economical way to get this off the ground. A microscope is no problem, and I will look further into the 50 gal brewer. I have a few different sources of compost. One is a seafood compost that has manure in it, the other is a sludge based compost. Not too keen on that, but need to do more research. My concern with both is that they have been composting for a year before I get them and sometimes they are very hot. Does this kill of the beneficials? This concern is leading me to consider starting a vermicompost operation. What are everyone's thoughts on all of this???