Originally Posted by wildbeers
I used to always rack to secondary and DH loose, but now im hearing guys on BN talk about how it prob does more bad than good due to oxidation concerns. What im wondering is if I DH in the primary and then gently rouse the fermentor every 2 days to maximize hop contact time with the solution, would it be bad to be stirring up the yeast cake on the bottom and all the hops that had carried over from my brewday (i didnt use muslins and my whirlpool failed me so theres a good amount of green mixed in with that yeast cake), or b/c i have so much at the bottom of the primary I should rack and DH instead?
My vote is "neither"! What I mean is, I'd go ahead and dryhop in the primary. But I would NOT rouse the fermenter. Just dryhop. The hops will soak up the wort, and gradually sink. They don't need rousing at all. Leave the trub on the bottom where it belongs.
When I rack to the keg or bottling bucket after a dryhop, I start the siphon in the middle of the fermenter. This avoids any floating hops debris, and avoids the trub layer also. As the level of the beer drops, I lower the siphon and if the beer changes color in the tubing (gets light from sucking up some trub), I back off a bit. This works great, and I do it with both pellet hops and leaf hops. I don't use bags or bolts or anything. I just gently put them in the fermenter as to not splash/aerate the beer.