I've been using an Immersion Chiller since day one brewing. It certainly does the job, but I need to stir the wort while running the Chiller to really get things cooled in under 12 minutes.
So, now I'm considering stepping up to a plate chiller/pump (and perhaps some sort of inline oxygenation).
My cold water flows around 62 degrees. Does this mean that I can go from the BK thru the Plate Chiller and straight to the fermenter and have my wort cooled adequately? (Say, under 70 degrees).
I don't want to have to get into reflowing the wort into the BK.
If this works, the only drawback to the Plate Chiller I can see is with the Immersion Chiller I get all the cold break to occur and can leave it behind in the BK and out of the fermenter. I like that a lot as it makes reharvesting yeast pretty easy.
Or is there something I'm not aware of that allows the cold break to stay out of the fermenter with the Plate Chiller?
Please school me!