Less developer will probably make it easier as you suggest. I used a liter of it in an 8x10 tray for this run, but I'll cut it back to 500 mL the next time. this is also good since I'll be saving on dev and water. I guess I need to try the brushing a few more times so I can rely on my sense of touch more...still not used to operating in the total dark and the only way i knew where the brush was, was to start at my fingertips holding the neg down and brush away from there. Hopefully the next run will be much smoother. I really like this method of development and I think I'll stick with it for 5x7 and larger! For 4x5 I'll just keep using the hangers or unicolor drum if i'm in a hurry.