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I already sent this to customer service and got some responses there but thought it would be good idea to post my questions here too.
I´m a co-founder in an aspiring micro distillery. I myself have little prior experience in distilling (others have more :) ) but I promised to find out if StillDragon products are suitable for us, maybe I learn a thing or two in the process.
What we are wanting is a still for small scale pilot and commercial use. The product range will most probably include spirits with more or less taste in them so that aiming solely to high proof is not the target now (and SD columns can be expanded anyways) but the result should still be relatively clean. We´ve been thinking of building the setup around 100l boiler so we would probably end up SD 120L boiler. What kind of column setup would you suggest? I´ve been thinking 4'' Dash is our choice of column.
Customer service replied 4'' dash is a fine choice so no more guessing about that one.
Could you describe me the advantage of ProCaps in more detail? We are most probably not throttled down with power supply so should we get them anyway? What kind of capacity 4'' column with ProCaps can achieve? How should heating element be dimensioned then? Our maximum still height is around 2,5-3 meters (we are renovating the premises so there is still a chance to affect some solutions...).
Got answered that ProCaps can increase production rate by some 20-40% depending on the case giving production rate of around 6-8L/h. So basically no reason not to get those?
We have been planning making products of grain and honey too. Most likely we are not aiming at purest vodka out there and instead make something with more flavor, probably giving the product some time to mature. However, we are not focused on making whisky or brandy (of course want to have that option too).
What kind of 4'' dash configurations have you been using, trying to find out the most suitable SD equipment. Does the dephlegmator model make difference here? Made some googling, would 3 bubble sections be good amount? Do I still need a packed section above that? What would replacing a bubble section with a torpedo do for me? Haven´t quite grasped whats the difference process-wise.
Thanks for replies :)