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I am new to this hobby having been gifted a very crude gas fired 30L-ish still from a family friend with dementia. As he can't explain to me how to use it, I initially was searching the web trying to learn how to use it which only created more questions. I realized that the setup was a bit average and figured I'd enjoy the project of building a new copper still then realized that for the cost of materials my time etc I was better off just buying a nice unit. So I did the rounds of the brewshops and they all pointed towards the T500 or similar based on a 30L boiler. Then I came across the Hillbilly Flute and thought that looks the business!! Then YouTube provided me with a comparison between the HB Flute and the Dash 2. So I ended up contacting @punkin who was extremely helpful and patient with my questions. He then threw a spanner in the works and suggested the Crystal Dragon as it is just so pretty and makes the distilling process quite visual.
So I am now trying to decide which way to go.
My spirit preference is dark rum, bourbon and honey bourbon, but I'll drink just about anything. I can see myself making neutral and using essences to get a selection of drinkables, but would really like to make rum and bourbon and age it to satisfy my creative mind. I would also like to acquire a gin basket down the track to experiment with. Will the weight hanging off the side of a CD be an issue?
Now that you have a bit of an overview of what I want to achieve, which would you choose?? Bear in mind that I will probably be swapping numbers of plates etc to run as a pot or plated column depending on what I am trying to make. Long term I would like to make AG and sour mash type washes as my experience builds to make true bourbons etc. I am also in fruit country and have the desire to play around with that also, is that possible with the exposed type elements in the milk can boiler?? Or will it just burn?? Could i run a burner for those type situations on the same milk can??
I am considering the bells and whistles 6 plate package in either CD or Dash2 unless you can think of a better fit?
I like the ruggedness of SS construction but that isn't a deal breaker.
Thanks in advance