Might also try one of the UV pens. Glen has one and it works pretty fast and is effective if the water is clear.
key words: if the water is clear
I have one of the steripens that I like. Light enough to carry around. I drank from some rather stagnant water sources while biking in france with it, but haven't even tried it on really muddy nasty water. It may sterilize it, but it doesn't do anything for the taste.
I just got a Sawyer mini as well and am a fan.
Yeah I think part of my issue was I was using the tiny 16oz bladder it came with for dirty water, which you can only really fill up to half that. So squeezing it into the clean water bladders to fill them up took 5-6 times per liter, which was annoying which perched on a log over a lake not cramping. Looks like they make a 32oz bladder for dirty water, so that might mean less time perched and more time just squeezing.
Nice to read that this year there is still some snow/water to be had.
For getting that 14 lbs back, I recommend either a) bison beef (if bison beef isn't available, then anything off the McDonald's menu except salad will work almost as well) or else b) before standing on the scale, strap on a large backpack and fill it with rocks. When a) doesn't work, b) almost always will.