This is reassuring. I was starting to worry about myself too....
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Remember that beersmith is just software. It makes assumptions rusty maui not be correct. I have never once taken it's mash or sparge suggestions. It tends to default to a pretty thick mash. You still have to think about what you want to do. Then tell the software. It's just keeping notes for you
I believe the more recent consensus is that it's most effective to dry hop after removing the beer from the yeast cake. My understanding is that any yeast left in suspension will bind with the hops compounds and pull them out of solution as it drops out. I rarely secondary, so my procedure is to keg, then dry hop in the keg with enough pressure to seal. I pull the dry hops after the appropriate time and then carbonate the keg to desired pressure. If you bottle, of course that would necessitate a secondary.
IIRC, there is also some change in flavor of the hops addition when there is yeast present. Again, some chemical reaction that I don't understand, but have read about. Others may be able to shed more light on this.
Anyone familiar with Kegco? They are selling brand new 5 gallon kegs for around $100 a pieceI'm not, but I'm curious about them as well. I have 3 of the new AEB kegs. I like them. But it sucks the poppets aren't removeable. But, they can be removed with a needle nose pliers and replaced with universal poppets. I'm just about to retire an old finicky keg I think and get another new one.