Regarding cooling the wort. Living in S. Florida, my tap water runs at about 82 (f). An immersion chiller would take a very long time and not get down to pitching temp. This would be costly water wise as well.
I've used chilled spring water as well as a 10 lb bag of ice. Regardless, it just takes a great deal of time. Any ideas on a cost effective way to cool the wort?
one option: pick up recirculation pump and you can use cooler with ice and water to run through your wort chiller.
this is one i picked up: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000X05G1A?psc=1&redirect=true&ref_=oh_aui_search_detailpage