I've been doing 3 gallon batches, but I'm moving towards doing 5 gallon batches and getting the equipment to do so (Got a larger brew pot w/ ball valve & thermometor and burner). I have been cooling my three gallon boils in an ice bath and using my basic wort chiller to cool down, but w/ the new brew pot, setting it in an ice bath is not possible.
So what cooling methods do you prefer? Plate chiller or whirlpool? I've already got a wort chiller and it would be cheap and easy to make/get the whirlpool attachment. Yet, if the plate chiller is best, then I'll go that route. I'll be getting a pump soon to complete the setup.