Transfer date: October 9, 2012
Racked to my new PLASTIC (to prevent future knee-mishap) 5 gallon carboy to dry-hop for a week or two on 1 oz of Simcoe whole hops.
It went smoothly enough, but in my enthusiasm to avoid destroying my leg for a second time, I didn't take into consideration the amount of headroom in the 5 gallon carboy with only 3 gallons of beer. This worries me. Oxidation = bad.
After the racking was complete, I decided to swirl the beer on and off a little (again, maybe not a good idea) to try to draw some of the CO2 out of the beer to hopefully push the oxygen out of the carboy. It remains to be seen how effective this strategy was or if I totally fucked up the flavor.
Terminal gravity: 1.022
Smell: Roasty, bitter chocolate
Taste: Bitter, bitter chocolate, spicy