I'm brewing an IIPA for some competitions this weekend, I think I've got a killer recipe and I should have just enough time to get this bad boy ready before I send it out so the fresh dryhop flavors/aromas should be near peak condition before I need to set it out, I'm just having some trouble deciding on what order I should do it in and so I'm seeking opinions.
Primary: 7g blichmann conical
5 gal cornelius kegs
This beer filter Beer Filtering Kit | MoreBeer
a fermeezer for temperature control of primary
a kegorator for temperature control of carbonation
blichmann beergun for bottling, plus freezer for freezing bottles
Need to send beer off before 4/3/09, giving me about 6 weeks
The beer is going to be around 1.094 OG, mash at about 155 for 60 min, and will be fermented with a very healthy large pitching of WLP001.
My initial plan for fermentation and dryhopping etc was like this
7 days initial fermentation @ 65f, then add first 2oz batch of dryhopping for 14 days (total of 21 days in primary), transfer to corny keg for an additional 2oz 2 week dry hopping, put it in the kegorator to drop temp to 35f overnight, filter it in the morning, and then force carb at 35psi for 2 days @ 38f and then drop it down to 10.2psi for about 5 days before bottling and shipping.
I was planning on putting the hops into the primary without a hop bag, and putting the hops in the secondary in some large hop bags for the maximum amount of room.
I've contemplated changing it up and doing the primary and secondary dry hopping in the conical all at the same time for 2-4 weeks and then just filtering and carbonating. I'd like to hear some thoughts on this.
Comments? Opinions on any and all stages?