Mike: Hey, everybody. It's Mike, here at Hillbilly Stills. I just wanted to give you a quick rundown of our new 50 gallon boiler. We just got these in. This is just a test run. We want to see if the DT5500 will heat and run efficiently. Obviously, as I hope you can see here, it's doing pretty well. We just changed our water control and started pulling some product off our plates. This is an ethanol run. You have a permit for making ethanol. So, that's what we're doing. We have about 46 gallons of wash in here. The new boilers have sight glasses in the top and the bottom. I'll get you a close up in a minute. You can really see the wash working in here, and what's nice about it is that if you fill this boiler up for about a quarter of a cycle, and that's full, you can see how much your product grows as it heats up. That's why you have to leave room for expansion in your boiler.
We're running this now. We started at 5:15 this morning. We turned the element on, and a little less than four hours later, it started bubbling. So, it took four hours for the TG5500 to heat up. With that said, I feel like if you wrap this in insulation, it would cut that time in half. A lot of people ask if a 5500 will run. Obviously, the answer to that is yes. Now, we're running on a 20 amps right now. We've turned it back about 4 amps to heat up. We heated up for almost four hours at 100%. All the points are working. The bottom blade is bumping, but it's a little lower than the sight glass, so you can't see it as well. We're pulling off at 90% right now. Not running really extreme. We're being a little conservative this morning just to check things out. I could probably speed that up a little. I'll demonstrate, here. Shut the dephlegmator off a little more. We should see that stream pick up pretty good. There it goes. That picked up quite a lot, actually. We'll move the camera in and give you some close ups of this, to see what we have. That's where we are. Any of you micro-stillers that are interested in this 55 gallon pot, one 5500 watt element will run it. It's a long heat up time, but I think we can insulate it and cut that down to about two hours.
We're going to get you a close up of some of this. Here, you can see that the plates above and under it are doing it really well. I could probably slow the dephlegmator down a little bit, because we're putting out a really good stream. We're probably running close to a gallon per hour with that stream. So, we're pushing it. I'll increase the water flow and slow that down a little bit. But, we're still running at 90% with a stream like that. When you run a hard stream, your plates will start to bubble a little bit. They're still bubbling, but not as much if you slow it down. We're going to pan down and give you a shot of the sight glasses on the boiler so you can see how nice they are. That's a really nice feature, I think. You can see what your wash is doing inside. Then, we have the 2 inch drain on the side, on the bottom, which is right here. Then, on the very bottom of this unit, there's a 1.5 inch fitting that we can put a drain on. This one does not have a drain on it, but the rest of them will need that. It's right on the bottom, and it's a conical shape, so when you drain it it's empty.
So, that's what we have here, from Hillbilly Stills. We're really happy with this boiler. We've been polishing it a bit. This is 4 millimeters thick. The top, as you can see has these big bolts, very heavy duty. It has almost a half inch silicone seal at the top. It seals well. We have this 3 inch filler neck, which in the future, I'd like to have a thermometer here, or a fitting put on the front between the two sight glasses, with a thermometer. I'd like to monitor my boiler temperature, and I think others would, too. So, that's what we have. I know a lot of you are interested in it. I thought I'd just make a quick video to let you see the 50 gallon in work to let you know the 5500 will run this. If you're interested, give us a call at Hillbilly Stills. We'd like to fix you up.