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Questions / thoughts are at the bottom, but first some setup:
I got my new house setup to the point where I can run the still last night and while doing some tests I ended up stripping a 10 gallon batch of TPW that had been waiting for a long time (like 5 weeks to clear).
I didn't get everything done that I wanted to prior to the run like building the new boiler, etc, but I want to do the run and free up my fermenters for the next batches.
I setup the still to strip as shown:
keg boiler with 5500 watt low density element 2" -> 4" reducer 4" Tee 4" x 20" pipe 4" Tee 4" 90 elbows (from Glacier Tanks) 4" Dephleg 4" -> 2" Reducer 2" 45 elbow 2" Shotgun condenser 2" 45 2" -> 3/4" reducer DIY Parrot
Note that the Tees were just used to get the right height for the parrot. Eventually I'll add 2 more 4" sections of a 4" ferrule keg to gain more height for additional condensers to be used inline for more knockdown power.
Cooling water temp was about 15C from the tap, output during the run was about 25-26C
~10 gallons of TPW Fire up @ 10:15 First drips @ 10:47 500ml collected by 10:51 - held to discard 1l at 150 -> 140 (hot side of warm) - 10:56 1l at 140 -> 136 - 11:00 1l at 136 -> 132 - 11:04 1l at 132 -> 126 - 11:08 1l at 126 -> 120 - 11:12 1l at 120 -> 116 - 11:18 1l at 116 -> 110 - 11:23 1l at 110 -> 100 - 11:28 1l at 100 -> 84 - 11:33 1l at 84 -> 70 - 11:38 Cut power at a hot 70 proof
I ran at 5500 watts throughout the run with no issues knocking everything down, though the product did come out pretty warm (never measured). I know the proof readings at the actual temp aren't accurate, but it's all just low wines anyway.
I'm pretty happy with the results of last night, mainly with the fact that I needed less than 90 minutes to make a run. Ideally I'd put another dephlem or condenser in line with the current setup (or both) and be able to run as much as 11,000 watts for stripping runs to get this done in under an hour. That way I can run the still in little more time than my wife needs to put our daughter to bed and clean up from dinner. If it's that quick, I can run the still way more often without feeling guilty or running into time issues.
Note that the whole process is more than 90 minutes with transferring the wash and then cleaning up, but I do those on the night before and the night after to break it up and then to the let the still cool, figure 20 minutes each of those nights.
OK, that was a lot of info for the questions here:
Any other thoughts to speed the run or can you convince me not to?