This is my set up for the plate chiller,
I find it a dodle to clean it, its far easier than getting a bucket of hot water out, soaking the IC for ten minutes to bring it up to temp, farting about with keep catching the lid when the coil is in the way stopping it going on. Dont get me wrong the IC worked for me when I didnt know any better on 5gallon brew lengths but as soon as I upped to 10 gallon it was a PITA.
The way I do it, I clean and sterilise twice, 1st mid boil, set up a small bucket with 5ltr of cleaning fluid in it, I mix on the stronger end of the spectrum for the chiller. Then pipe up the chiller to the pump. Put the pick up pipe into the cleaning fluid and then prime the pump and put the out let back into the bucket. Whole procedure takes less than 5 mins. After that its on its own cleaning away while the wort is boiling.
2nd time, after the the 12 minute chill down and transfer to FV
, take the hose pipe water connector off, place the water connectors in the chiller " wort section" and back flush for 5 minutes while I carry the FV to location. Upon return remove water and connect wort hoses back to recirculate through cleaning fluid. I leave for a 30 minute soak while I tidy away the brew kit. Flush through with water again and done. No bother, its far easier than cleaning bits of hop leaf and jammed in shite out from between the coils.