Wondering about my process: I'm an extract brewer, for now. Have about 10 batches under my belt. Except for a couple, my results have been good, but not quite as good as I've liked, always striving for better beer. I'm an IPA fan, this example would be from a Pliny clone recipe. I suspect this part of my procedure:
At the end of my boil, after adding the final hops, I cool then transfer all to my car boy for fermenting(should I keep trub?). After 14 days I add the first dry hop, then with 5 days to go, I add the 5-day dry hop.
Do I have this wrong? The recipe just says, 'dry hop 14 days', so should I project out, estimate the day I'll be bottling, subtract 14 days, add those hops at that time?
And should I dry hop on top of the (considerable) trub at the bottom of my fermenter? Or transfer to secondary, then dry hop?
Usually, I get a lot of the hippiness bitters, not enough malt flavor.
I greatly appreciate the feedback!