I just started brewing my first batch about three weeks ago, it was an Imperial IPA and I've since siphoned it from a primary fermentation bucket to a secondary fermentation bucket. I was planning to begin carbonating it sometime later this week, probably on Friday. I guess my curiosity is how I can best go about this is as quickly but inexpensively as possible. I know that patience is key here, but I admit, I'm a little overeager and am anxious to taste the fruits of my labor. I'm using two different plastic buckets that I bought at the local wine and brew store, I'm not sure their sizes but I know they were intended for 5 gallons of beer so perhaps they're 6.5 gallons, and I had originally intended to do the traditional carbonating for a few weeks with a priming sugar. However, I had been reading about force carbonation and was interested in that idea of speeding the process along. Is there any way to do that with the plastic buckets? I also have a keg and may have access to a CO2 pump, but it's a regular sized keg so I'm not sure if that would factor in.
If there are any other options please let me know, or if it's the case that I just need to sit on my hands and be patient (which I'm figuring it may be) then that advice would be appreciated as well.