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I am the new proud owner of a 4" ProCap setup (6 cap sections & a 6" packed section) and after playing around with it during my sacrificial cleaning run I have a few questions about the operation of this beast.
First question is in regards to spirit run power. I believe I had read from a couple of members that 3300 watts is very common power for a spirit run but the problem I am having is that when I turned it down to that (13 amps) I have to literally cut off flow to the dephlegmator to get any product past it. Now I know that with a std pot still low and slow helps with smearing but is it the same with a ProCap system or is smearing proportional to the amount of vapor my dephlegmator allows past? In other words can I run my boiler a little faster w/o sacrificing quality as long as the product takeoff rate is still slow?
Secondly I had a problem with the lower plates falling out of equilibrium quickly once I allowed product past the dephlegmator is this the result wanting to pull product too early or is there something else at play here? I had a 10 gallon charge with 3 large bottles of crap vodka and felt that I came nowhere close to the total amount of alcohol in the boiler.
Finally initially I was running it a little hot and didn't realize that product was getting past the dephlegmator and all of a sudden product came pouring out the parrot. Turned it down to stop the flow but did manage to catch some distillate that was yellow (boiler charge completely clear) why would I have yellow distillate?