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Currently I am the proud owner of a SD 5" 6 Plate still and now that I know a bit more about my usage patterns and have had the opportunity to drive it for the past year, I am now hungry to upgrade!
I am planning to standardise my entire setup around 100L Batches, I could go with a 200L boiler but quite frankly I think that's ridiculous for a home distillery with no aspirations for commercial production. What I would like to be able to do is keep the setup in place, CIP and still maintain the ability to strip runs, and swap between 3 plates for rum, 4 plates for Scotch and 7 plates for White rum. I would of course preferred to keep the whole thing in 3" but then that requires a customer boiler and a 3" 3 way valve. If there is no real advantage to this other than aesthetics then I couldn't be bothered.
I plan to keep 2 "Cartridges" of Crystral Dragon plates, 3 plates + 4 plates, through experimenting I know this will cover everything I am looking for in a still. I would like these cartridges to connect to the product condenser section with flexible tri-clamp pipe.
This is my plan, I am looking for feed back from the community on my design. I don't profess to being an expert in these matters and would appreciate any feedback or thoughts on this design, I know similar ideas have been tossed around in the past.