I am doing my second batch of brew. After boiling the wort, I noticed that all the hops were sort of caked to the side of the pot above the water level. My question is, is it necessary to mix these back into the wort, or can I remove the excess amounts to keep that much more out of the mix? I am not 100% whether or not the hops are necessary to be in primary, or if they have already done their job after being brewed.
I ended up mixing them in anyway. Hope this is ok. Please give me some feedback...