I have long been a whirlpool IC guy. I love the whirlpool, it leaves a great big pile of grossness in the center after I move cooled wort out of the kettle. Good stuff in the fermenter, bad stuff left in the kettle.
I am considering a plate chiller, as that would reduce my brew day by at least a half hour. But that would force me to forgo whirlpooling, unless I want to do it hot, which feels intuatively wrong.
I kindly ask you plate chiller folks; does the whrilpool matter? Am I not looking at this right? Any education would be greatly appreciated.