Sorry, I am acting like Newbie The Home Brewer here. Being out of the game for 6 years, I kind of am, re-learning and looking at things.
A week ago, I was planning on buying a new kettle and new burner. Changed my mind. I got my trusty 10 gallon aluminum pot and burners. My HLT just needs to be re calibrated for sight glass markings. Mashtun rocks.
After yeasterday's brew day, I realized that the most annoying part of my brew sessions is chilling the wort. That is the only time I get anxious and annoyed. That is my next focus of improvement. I want to nail down chilling my wort easy peasy winner winner chicken dinner.
I have a 25 foot More Beer immersion chiller. Nope, too slow for me, I want fast faster soon sooner. I went through $8.00 of ice to get chilled.
I have a homemade CFC. 20-25 feet of copper tubing, garden hose outer skin built on a Phil's Phittings. As far as I recall, it works. Needs lots of PBW and Star San through it.
I have a bilge pump for pumping ice water through the chiller.
What about plate chillers? The offerings by Duda Diesel are in my budget, so is a wort pump. I like the idea of buying pump, because I can exhaust the wort back into the kettle until I achieve desired temps.
What do people use these days that they love? What have the used that they disliked or moved on from?