Thank you for all of the input on my perforated plate 4" flute looking column build.
I guess I can answer a few of Dan Calls questions first. Dude this is a hobby not a vocation at least for me so I guess I do not see the need to ramp up my boiler size to 100 gallons from 15.5.... I was able to get 16 x 750ml bottles of Birdwatchers vodka from a 80 liter wash which I ran in two 10 gallon batches in my still. I don't even drink a bottle a month of vodka and have given most of it away. I guess I am more interested in the art of craft distilling than I am in the volume. I want to keep my costs in line as well and the $$spent on raw materials for my washes. If I ran an 80 gallon wash in a 100 gallon boiler I would end up with over 5 cases of vodka. It doesn't matter if you can do it for $3-4.00 per bottle all in if you don't need it. If you start giving that much product away you will really draw attention to yourself and if you try to sell it you are on the wrong web site.
The only thing I would do differently on my entire build would be to change my temperature controller.
You do not want to chase temp and 5500 watts is to much for a 15.5 gal keg to run full bore for the whole run. You want to bring your wash up to temp as quickly as you want and then throttle back for steady reflux. My controller is set up to hold temp by blasting on and off and this causes surging in the parrot even with a vent in my final product condenser. I had this fancy idea in my head and did not listen to much more experienced people on this forum..... I also learned from doing it my way but it would work much better with an MK5500 style controller (MuleKicker is on this web forum). Lesson learned time to move on.
The other column I built went up to Alaska NOT Canada, eh! My fault for not clarifying that but I wanted to be a bit vague. It is illegal to distill your own spirits in North America period and many other countries of this world. As much as we may want to believe it is okay to do what we are doing Johnny Law does not and you can get arrested if you are not very careful.
I do not have any construction plans for the perforated plate 4" column that I build. I would be more than happy to answer any specific questions about how I constructed portions of my distillation column but I think it is well documented in pictures on this thread. I had a great time with the creative process of building my column and I do need to give credit where credit is due. I was surfing thru you tube and saw a video of Mike from Hillbilly Stills cranking out some white dog to a rocking song and was hooked.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8u2WEdux0Q8
Like it or not the guy has done a great job for himself. After that I started doing my own web research and came upon this Home Distiller website and saw what olddog (another Mike) was doing with copper pipe in Australia and I knew it was possible for me to build my own version. That is what I did by modifying what other people had done and to make it my own..... I OWN THAT BITCH! Just take a look at what Mash Rookie has been able to create without any plans and just a seed of information.
Stay safe and Have fun with it - Dan