Originally Posted by rickysal24
How important is it to get a setup to carbonate and what is the best route here because I've done brewery tours where you taste the pre-conditioned beer and it just isn't the same without being carbonated!
Carbonating your beer is very easy. You transfer the beer to a bottling bucket, add priming sugar, bottle and cap. If you have bucket with a valve (bottling bucket), clean and sanitized empty pop top bottles, bottle caps, and capper, you're setup to carbonate. Most of that equipment (except the bottles) comes standard with a basic homebrew equipment kit.
A step up from that is kegging your homebrew in corny kegs. That simply involves buying corny kegs, a CO2 tank, regulator, tubing, etc.
Good luck on your first brew, don't be intimitated to start with beer if you prefer that to cider. Read through the forum, the stickies, and maybe read through the first few chapters of a home brew book. The first edition of John Palmer's is available at howtobrew.com.