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First, great forum with a lot of valuable information and creative minds.
We are setting up our new pilot still right now and would appreciate any inputs and comments on our setup.
We will be running a 50-liter milk can boiler with a 4" Dash SG with three bubble sections and a gin basket. We have modified the milk can with 2 x 3 kw elements. All temperature probes and a can pressure gauge are all connected to our control system (Siemens Logo).
The temperature will be controlled by a PI regulator in the software. The power to the two heaters are controlled by SSR´s with PWM output from the controller.
The user interface is on a PC connected to the controller, where we also have the possibility to log all parameters and export to Excel for later analysis.
We will start with a simple temperature regulator setup. Over time the software will be developed with stuff like automatic
head, hearts and tails control.
Copper onion head is on the way and will be installed under the bubble sections.
Any input on the does and dont´s regarding the temperature control of the still will be greatly appreciated.