I have not performed an iodine test in 20 years. Agreed that this would be a good experiment.
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Some more so than others. I picked up a cheap 5L that I ended up returning because the bottom had an arch and the glass was so thin it made me really nervous to handle. I would recommend you invest in Kimax or Bomex and if you can, inspect before you purchase.
Dry hopping is all about the aroma and my personal preference is whole leaf. I once split a ten gallon batch and dry hopped one carboy with 2 oz. of whole leaf Amarillo and the other with 2 oz. Amarillo pellets (b/c it was all I could get) and thought the whole leaf had better aroma. Those leaf hops will soak up the wort given time in the carboy.
as always, though, it's all about the freshness of the particular batch of hops you're using. For me, sometimes the pellets are better, sometimes the whole hops are better. I just can't generalize that one type is always better than the other.
Martin, you rock! Thanks so much for your work.
+1 This tool is going to help make a lot of better brewers.
+1, I like to think Im one of them. Thank you very much Martin, your spreadsheet has helped me create water profiles and produce much better beer!
Its consensus here as well. I, like others on this forum, have even began dry hopping in the primary or directly in the keg.