Originally Posted by dcp27
its more work, but I'd look into SMASH (single malt and single hop) brewing instead if you want to learn about the hops. single malt is ideal, but same extract/grain bill and just varying the hop will create similar results. dry hopping gives a different effect than boil additions of the same hops, and IMO im not sure you'll get much more learning from dry hopping than you would by just rubbing some up in your hands and taking a big whiff.
Hm... I was hoping to catch enough character of each hop through dry hopping.
I thought about SMASH but I wouldn't want to do full batches of each, and it seems silly to do 1 gallon batches. I could do two at a time quite easily so I guess it wouldn't be too difficult, but if what you're saying is true, I suppose it's the only way.
I guess I'd have to grab a bit of blowoff tubing from the hardware store for my stoppers and wind up with about .85 gallons for each batch for enough head space.