Well, our brew day went OK today, but there are still a couple of things we struggled with.
First, does anyone have suggestions for getting wort pitching temp down faster? We have a wort chiller for our 10-gallon kettle, but it still takes over an hour to get from boiling to below 80 degrees, and I'm getting concerned that we're risking our luck when it comes to infection.
Secondly, we had a lot of hop additions (including a 2 oz Mosaic addition with 1 minute left in the boil), and we clogged the filter at the bottom of our kettle. The most-frustrating part of that was the fact that we were forced to siphon, and then left a large amount of hops behind in the trub/sludge at the bottom. Does anyone have any best practices here as it relates to adding hops at the end of a boil, or even experience with large hop additions, and keeping them from causing a stuck transfer process?