I've made and bottled my first batch of beer using extract and I want to start the second, which will be a True Brew "California Common" kit. Couldn't resist an 8 gallon pot at the local shop, even bought a thermometer for no good reason, so now it's time to move up to a full boil.
The partial boil instructions say to put in the 2 ounces of Pilgrim hop pellets at the start of the boil, then 1 ounce of First Gold hop pellets 1 minute before the end of the boil. It also says to cool by pouring the entire mixture into the fermenter (which already has 3 gallons of cold water). That's changing - so do I need to keep all the hot break (etc.) in when I start my ferment? I really wanted to cool in the brew pot using the new immersion chiller - then whirlpool and use the spigot to drain the cooled wort into the fermenter, hopefully leaving most of the hot and cold breaks (and hops material) behind in the pot.
Also, do I have to leave out some of the (pellet) hops because of the increased utilization?