I'd like to start brewing beer but I have 2 problems. I don't want to wait 2 weeks extra to add carbonation (by dropping more yeast in my beer after it's been fermented) and my second problem is I don't have money for a kegerator of any kind. So, my question is, any of you who came from the home brew forum and live in allegheny/armstrong/indiana county area have an old kegerator (pref still working) that you'd give away/sell cheap?
Or, a better question/answer would be what are some other methods of adding carbonation?
Here's hoping! haha
EDIT: I'm fairly new to brewing so if my question seems a little like it lacks knowledge, that's because it is. If I said something incorrect, please feel free to correct me.
I don't want to wait 2 weeks extra to add carbonation (by dropping more yeast in my beer after it's been fermented)
First, generally you aren't adding yeast after fermentation. In a beer, the alcohol isn't usually high enough to kill off all the critters. You often add a bit of sugar/malt at bottling time to give the little buggers a shot in the arm. With kegging you can speed the process off by force carbonating, but still its generally better (IMHO) to let this process run its natural course. I think you get better results.
That's a good tip, thanks craig. I have been trying to find time to give this all a shot but haven't gotten there yet. I think I'll go ahead and try it sugar/malt bottling way for my first attempt and see how I like it.
Also-if you prime in the bottle
Check your recipe (maybe 1 oz of primer per gal- not sure) before you add the bottling sugar. My first batch showered glass all over my kitchen because we did it by eye (then some for a kick).
Wow, full of good info. I've heard of the bottles shattering but my understanding was that that was due to the bottles being too thin? Is it possible that was the case or is it possible to over prime as well? I'm currently trying to obtain some citra hops because the kit I bought from Ben's homebrew came with a recipe to be used with citra hops but the hops I have have been sitting for too long and I didn't have them sealed properly. I'm also trying to get some wine supplies together because I have a couple packets of wine yeast ready but need to get the other supplies haha.