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My first post to say hello. I'm Tommy from SLOPEmeisteR Brewing Company in Scotland. I run a very small craft brewery with an online shop. I have now gotten fully licenced to distill from HMRC and keen to develop some rum products and then onto whisky. I only have a 25lt T500 boiler with alembic copper top and also a reflux column at the moment, but with StillDragon power controller it's actually OK for first still runs and helps learn some basics. I've been making 50lt batches of Pugi's (using dunder in ferment, collecting oils for spirit runs), stripping and spirit running on the alembic copper. Aging and spicing has made some very nice rum.
I'm keen to move to a short plated column and looking at the 4" Dash Pro. Would like to try a few things with this. Light rum with three plates and dephlegmator reflux with single pass and also try 1.5x distillation method I read on the forum, look for my sweet spot for light rum and would this be ready sellable or need aged first, only one way to find out. Dark rum with maybe one or two plates min reflux (or no reflux, don't know if that works with plates or do you need some down coming liquid to fill the plates) with single pass or even strip out plates and deph and just run in pot mode but strip and then spirit run, aged on oak. In time I would like to run similar experiments with whisky, totally against the grain in Scotland to make malt whisky in a column but I don't mind, I'm here to challenge the norm not follow it.
Looking to pair the column with the 100lt milk can boiler. I know this is not commercial scale but gets me started on my first column and will be the pilot plant for something much bigger in a new location. If I can get good product from this there is an element of just scaling up to larger column diameter and boiler capacity, I know it's not that simple but would be mad to go from a tinny pot still to a massive column in one step I think.
Anyway wanted to say big thank you to all the contributors on the forum, what a wealth of information and experience and I'm learning all the time.
One early question:
What sort of elements are you using and where do you source these as It appears StillDragon don't sell that bit, I'm thinking 2x 2500kW and using the power controller on one of them?