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I have a dash 2 6 plate 4" column with a 20" section on top stuffed with 4+lbs of copper mesh rolls. Running it on top of a keg boiler with 2x5500 watt elements. On is just on/off and the other is controlled with a SD diy controller.
Started my first run on it earlier today with about 10 gallons at 80 proof from TPW strips, here was my sequence. Power on (11kw) until column is at temp and plates are loaded, about 20 minutes. Equalize with just 1 element at ~50%. More than that and the top plate starts to flood. About 30 minutes. Start to back off the dephleg flow until the heads start dropping off. That started at 188 proof and slowly dropped from there down to about 182. Dephleg output was about 62C I gathered for about 4 total liters before needing to shut it down for family reasons.
I was expecting this setup to easily pull 190+ at a decent rate, what do I need to adjust to bring the proof higher? More cooling water? Less power? I'm planning to fire back up tomorrow to finish the run so I can make some peppermint schnapps before Christmas, so I'd love to figure it out by then.
Or is 190+ not doable with this rig?