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I'd consider myself a newb, but I do have some successful runs under my belt.
I have two boilers, a 15 gal and an 8 gal. I usually use the 8 gallon for spirit runs from low wines, or for creating flavored spirits straight from clean washes.
Here's the crazy part. I have the ability to throw 3kw at the 8 gallon, but I actually prefer using 1.5kw. I set it to 90% power, and just let it sit like that throughout the whole run.
The only thing I fuss with is the dephlegm, and changing jars.
Sure, it takes about 70 minutes to heat up, but that's the only downside.
With 1.5kw I find that even a baby dephlegm can knock down everything but the fores. I let it stay for 30-45 min after stabilization, then lower the dephlegm coolant to start collecting. I don't even look at the heater. It puts out about 1.5 L/hr, so it's not fast by any means, but it's fast enough for me.
No problems with belching. The heads/hearts/tails have clear temperature changes. It basically drives itself. Plus, I swear the product is smoother than when I go a bit faster with more wattage. Even the same proof tastes better.
Am I nuts?
Let me clarify...I'm obviously nuts in general, but am I especially nuts because I sit back and relax with 1.5kw?