I read as much as I could find on this, but no one seems to have done the exact same thing as I just did and was wondering if anyone had opinions...
I brewed up an IPA with wet hops and received some extra fresh hops which I dried during the initial fermentation to use for dry-hopping. All cascades. 3 ounces of dried leaves nearly filled 2 gallon plastic bags, to give you an idea of how large a volume of solids I was going to have to add to dry-hop.
Anyhow, I debated using a 5-gallon carboy as a secondary, but the idea of getting that many hops into a 5-gallon batch in a 5 gallon carboy was a nightmare (regardless of the fact that a 5-gallon carboy has enough space for nearly 6 gallons of liquid).
So, I decided that I was going to use a standard 6.5 gallon bucket to make cleaning easier and avoiding getting hops into the bottling bucket. With the hops, there was MAYBE 3 inches of space to the lip of the bucket. I know there is always a risk of oxygenation, but has anyone else used this method? I only plan to dry hop for 6 days (bottling Sunday), so I'm hoping I didn't just screw myself over.
Thanks for any advice!