68% seems pretty good for a first go at it. Congrats on your first AG batch!
It's funny you founf whole hops so messy. I find pellets horribly messy myself. They clog my outflow and inevitably get into the fermenter. I guess I have a kettle suited to whole hops
Oh don't give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit
No, don't you give me none more of that Old Janx Spirit
For my head will fly, my tongue will lie, my eyes will fry and I may die
Won't you pour me one more of that sinful Old Janx Spirit