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Hey to all who is reading this,
Well obviously I'm new here. I am Dumbass and from here on I can only get smarter. I live somewhere in the EU.
For a couple of years now, the idea has been brewing to start with this nice niche of a hobby to make my own spirits. Reading... reading... & research. A couple of times I thought I made up my mind where to start only to do more research and changing my mind again. So to get ahead on my New Year' s resolutions I made up my mind to just "start" in the beginning of 2017. I figured I could research until the day I die, but sometimes you just need to make the decision to get productive.
It is pure for entertainment, good taste and fun, I have 0 commercial intentions. I've got to say that research can be fun too, but sometimes you dig deeper and deeper into a subject just to realize you actually know nothing at all and you're back to start. Now it is time to blend in the research with some experience and make some mistakes while producing.
I want to start small, three reasons, first obviously starting small (but not too small) gives the room to explore and learn in a manageable way. Second and third, I have limited space available and the same goes for the cashflow for a startup hobby. As I don't have the experience nor the workplace to build and experiment with a self build setup and I'm one of those dudes that buys a set-up right the first time to later recreate stuff on my own, I figured it is a good idea to follow the same trusted path here.
Beginning of autumn I made up my mind for the 2017 New Year' s resolutions and for a while I was leaning heavily towards the T500, but research showed me there is little to no room to experiment with the setup. Dumbass likes to experiment, screw ups teach the most, so the T500 is a nono. Then I got interested in the SD modulair system that obviously gives a lot of room to experiment, but is well... more pricey.
So for now I am leaning towards a setup made of the 2+2.5" Baby Crystal Dragon with a Top Stove as that is the most basic setup available and pretty much ready to go (once applied all the connectors and additional components). I'm kinda contemplating about the Milk can setup too, but that both needs some more installation & research for and about the heating element and controller as well it would be another good chunk of cash (both known for the milk can as well as unknown for the heating element up unto completion).
As I didn't find much reviews or discussions about the Top Stove on here I am curious what you guys think of it, for a starting personal home distiller. Are there any other noobs and dumbasses already using it that want to share their thoughts? Or am I overthinking the heating element too much and is it pretty average (with some common sense from a dude that hasn't got two left hands)?
Anyway, I will be reading here some more... and then some more... wondering if something would pop up that would change my mind again.