Not having kegged, I don't mind what some people call the 'hell' of bottling. However, after bottling a 10% BGSA last night where I used a 2 quart starter (leading to a massive yeast cake) and whole leaf hops (which made it into the primary), a clogged/slow-flowing autosiphon, a slow-flowing bottle wand, all leading up to a 3+ hour bottling session, I have a new maxim and a question:
Maxim: Always strain out whole hops or use a muslin bag.
Question: Are there any lowish-cost alternatives to a bottling wand?
There's a good chance next time I'll just break out my march pump instead of the siphon next time as well, though I haven't had a problem in the past...