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1) Gypsum: We have a water softener in our house due to very hard municipal water. I would like to try adding a bit of gpysum to my brew this weekend as I read in Papazian's book that this could be helpful. I'm just wondering:
How Much to add?
When do I add it?
Does it alter the taste at all?
2) Dry Hopping: I will be trying to dry hop on this brew (Stone IPA clone) and I'd like to make sure I got it right. I add the Dry hops when I put it into the secondary, is that correct? But I have a few other questions.
Do I simply place the hops into the hop bag and put it into my secondary before transfering from my primary?
Do I need to mix it up at all or just drop it in and let it be?
Does dry hopping change the amount of time you let your beers sit in the primary or secondary? ie. when do you transfer to a secondary, I have left my current beer in the primary for 3 weeks, could I do that and then transfer to secondary to dry hop?
Thanks all in advance for the help.