Looking at the USDA information, oil % varies more than AA and it is reasonable to think that the same conditions that increase AA% would increase oil production.
USDA info for Chinook:
ALPHA ACIDS: 13.6 (5 year average: 13.9-15.3%)
OIL: 1.83 ml/100 g (5-year range 1.24 to 2.63)
Whole hops are less of a pain to work with. Pellet hops will shed bits regardless of how fine a mesh you bag has.
Do not carbonate first. If you carbonate & use pellets, plan on a foam-out.
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