« on: November 25, 2012, 03:32:49 PM »
It's going to make very little to no difference plate-chiller vs IC in an ice-water recirc.
I think it does make a difference in that chilling with tap water first won't work with a plate chiller the same way it would with an IC since you are not attempting to bring the entire kettle down to any temp prior to transferring to your fermenter. I agree with the assertion that I don't imagine there would be any improvement using glycol vs ice water, though.
Also, it is a poor practice to try and emulate professional-scale breweries at the homebrew level.
But by all means waste your time, effort and money. I won't stand in your way.
Agreed. I think I misunderstood your original quote about only seeing glycol used for fermenters. I'm guessing now you were only referring to homebrew equipment... whereas I originally thought you meant anywhere. Sorry about that.