I used a plate chiller for the first time and had output of kettle to input of chiller and output of chiller with wort going into the whirlpool port of the kettle. The water line went through a immersion chiller in an ice bath to lower the temp of the incoming cooling water to 65 deg. I'm in New Mexico and the water out of the hose is ~80 deg. That's why I put immersion chiller in ice bath. Anyway, the chiller plugged up with hops and it took me hours to get all the residue out. Does anyone have a good idea to keep hops from entering chiller. I have a hops bag, and do the whirlpool, without chiller, for about 15 minutes prior to hooking up the chiller. Any ideas will be appreciated.