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by NcHooch
Mon Feb 24, 2020 7:03 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

So I made 6 batches of this recipe (well three double batches). Ended up with 5L of 60% raw dog which is now aging in mini barrels. I shared a bit with Stine Bennett's if my whiskey club. It was of pure raw dog, and some I aged for 16 hours on some charred oak chips(very high surface area in a tiny...
by NcHooch
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:53 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Glad to see y'all are still carrying on the tradition.
Something y'all really need to do is age this sprit on oak for 4+ years at 120 proof ... Once you can't wait any longer, uncork it, dilute to 80 or 90 proof and bottle... 100% Heirloom grade bourbon
Enjoy
by NcHooch
Fri Jan 24, 2020 7:40 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Started with 15 pounds of grain 78% flaked corn 12% 2 row barley and 10% malted rye. Put bag in basket of my Bayou classic BAP so the grain wasn't touching bottom and added corn only. Set the whole thing on my propane burner. Heated 5 gallons of water to around 170*F and dumped it over the grain. A...
by NcHooch
Fri Jan 24, 2020 6:53 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Took about a gallon of grain out of the bourbon fermenter and put it in a brew bag. Bought 4 quarts of light corn syrup at Dollar General for $16. Added a cup of honey and five gallons of water just warm enough to melt the honey and syrup. About 130*F. Topped the 6 gallon fermenter off with a littl...
by NcHooch
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: All corn mash procedure help…
Replies: 11
Views: 1127

Re: All corn mash procedure help…

I've done all corn before... I cook it in a BOP, mash out in the same BOP, and then transfer it to fermenter buckets grain and all. ferment it out , and once it's finished (usually a week) i bite my lip and strain it out using a bucket and strainer bag... In reality, there's no reason you can't drip...
by NcHooch
Sun Jun 03, 2018 5:11 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Good post Catcrap. keep on stillin' :thumbup:
by NcHooch
Wed Jan 03, 2018 7:46 am
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

Y'all are doing well to get 8-9% ....I'm not sure I've ever got that high with the original recipe
by NcHooch
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Scotch Recipe
Replies: 114
Views: 17341

Re: Scotch Recipe

When you add the teaspoon of smoked peated barley, the whole kernel or crack it then filter after aging? Ordered some of this today. http://www.brewinternational.com/smoked-malt-peated/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow It recommends 10% max in grain bill. That is probab...
by NcHooch
Sun Nov 26, 2017 6:02 pm
Forum: Tried and True Recipes
Topic: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon
Replies: 1006
Views: 180833

Re: NChooch's Carolina Bourbon

I use “Ohio Certified” barley (it's whole grain, I can't seem to find cracked). I’m careful not to add the barley until the corn mash has cooled to below 150F. -I use an Alcohol Refractometer to measure my %ABV. I’m curious why I can’t find reference to anyone else using these things, since they ar...
by NcHooch
Thu Nov 16, 2017 2:01 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: What'd ya'll make today?
Replies: 4788
Views: 308777

Re: What'd ya'll make today?

Made a 2.5 gallon batch of red wine (for Mrs Hooch)
...cuz when Mama's happy, everybody's happy :thumbup:
Wine takes a long time, be lucky if its ready for new years
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: sugar + juice + yeast not fermenting
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: sugar + juice + yeast not fermenting

You said you've been brewing beer for a couple years, a lot of that experience is useful for making good beer for stillin. (aerating the wash, treating the yeast right, controlling temp. sanitizing, Etc) If you just want to make sugar wash, I'd recommend you stick with recipes (and yeasts) out of th...
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:04 am
Forum: Novice Distillers
Topic: Sweet summer rain
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Re: Sweet summer rain

Welcome Ronin.
I've used corn syrup before as well but I was boosting a partial mash with it, so it didn't quite taste like summer rain. ;)
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: My First .....
Topic: First spirit run (UJSSM)
Replies: 6
Views: 916

Re: First spirit run (UJSSM)

Hope you saved that backset ....you could just fire it up again at a later date. (keep that in mind for the future)
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:53 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Cheers from E. Tennessee
Replies: 9
Views: 364

Re: Cheers from E. Tennessee

Hey NC,
Welcome to the forum. Nice score on the "equipment"
Lots of good info in the New Distillers Reading lounge http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewforum.php?f=46
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:42 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Long time reader - first time poster!
Replies: 4
Views: 335

Re: Long time reader - first time poster!

Congrats JD.
Most folks enjoy a little copper porn when someone does a new build. [hint-hint]
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Column Builds
Topic: buy a economy tower, or build a boka
Replies: 9
Views: 1099

Re: buy a economy tower, or build a boka

No doubt about it , copper pipe aint cheap. the extra expense might be worth it tho just to stay under the radar.
I used to have a 2" x 48" Bok, it served me well, and I never had a lick of trouble with it. If I were to make another , id consider 3" diameter for improved speed)
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:25 am
Forum: Research and Theory
Topic: Flute Whiskey
Replies: 12
Views: 1742

Re: Flute Whiskey

Basically, start heating slow, stack the plates, and reflux for 20. Take the fores slow, heads a little faster, and then for the hearts, try and balance the take-off with the ABV you're lookin for (I usually shoot for 80%) All this while keeping all the plates loaded. helps to have a big cooling res...
by NcHooch
Tue Nov 14, 2017 4:12 pm
Forum: Grains
Topic: Beersmith s/w
Replies: 3
Views: 649

Re: Beersmith s/w

I use Beersmith for making beer. It's well worth the cost, and as you noticed when new hops, or yeasts, or beer styles emerge, you can update the program with the updates. (no charge) .
by NcHooch
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:53 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello from Scotland
Replies: 23
Views: 773

Re: Hello from Scotland

Welcome JR,
That all-grain brewing experience will come in handy once you get ready to try your hand at some scotch.
Are you a Highlands or Lowlands fan ? Remember, it takes time to make good whiskey, but it's OK to sample it very once an a while. :wink:
by NcHooch
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:26 am
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Getting into Spirits from All Grain Brewing
Replies: 7
Views: 465

Re: Getting into Spirits from All Grain Brewing

Welcome Texas, Corn can be a pain to work with. you definitely have to cook cracked corn to release the starch, this is not the case if you use flaked corn from the brewing store. ...maybe try doing some simple all-barley beers for a while while you get your stillin' legs under you ...then start exp...
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:30 am
Forum: Off-Topic Discussion
Topic: Interesting Morning
Replies: 16
Views: 794

Re: Interesting Morning

Word to the wise, don't leave your likker laying around
Good new is, the coffee maker's prolly never been cleaner ;)
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:51 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Scotch Recipe
Replies: 114
Views: 17341

Re: Scotch Recipe

2-4 years!!!!!! I'm too old....NcHooch you mentioned waiting till the next day to make cuts or to blend? The addition of the 1 teaspoon/qt of peated barley infuses that much flavor....wow. Thanks for the suggestion. Now to find the right supplier for the grain. BTW thanks for the note on the yeast....
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 08, 2017 9:16 am
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Scotch Recipe
Replies: 114
Views: 17341

Re: Scotch Recipe

Something i've done that produces good results: Make your beer as usual, all grain, or partial mash (with sugar), but you don't need to use a lot of peat smoked malt in the mash. Ferment as usual with an english ale yeast. Once fermentation is complete rack to the boiler and distill as usual. air it...
by NcHooch
Wed Nov 08, 2017 8:41 am
Forum: Grains
Topic: Basic mash problem
Replies: 4
Views: 718

Re: Basic mash problem

have a read through this thread ...maybe even twice (know how when you watch a movie the second time you always see new things?)
: http://homedistiller.org/forum/viewtopi ... 96&t=47488
by NcHooch
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:59 pm
Forum: Recipe Development
Topic: Roasted Barley Rye
Replies: 4
Views: 798

Re: Roasted Barley Rye

Sounds tasty !
I'm surprised you couldn't strain another gallon of beer out of the grain-bed
by NcHooch
Mon Nov 06, 2017 5:46 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Following the KISS principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1643

Re: Following the KISS principle

Hi Shiners I was thinking of using an electric boiler tea urn 20L and control the heat input with a triac. Need to blank of the tap and find a suitable sealing method for the lid (tygon tubing?) Bubba I think you'll find that nobody uses electric tea urns because it's easier to find an old stainles...
by NcHooch
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:52 pm
Forum: Pot Distillation/Thumper and Design
Topic: Following the KISS principle
Replies: 17
Views: 1643

Re: Following the KISS principle

I think most would agree that KISS = simple pot still with a water cooled worm, heated over a propane (turkey fryer) burner.
by NcHooch
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Mashing and Fermenting
Topic: HERMS Corn Mash? Yes! You can!
Replies: 4
Views: 1054

Re: HERMS Corn Mash? Yes! You can!

I did it once in a RIMS system by first pre-cooking the corn in the oven overnight. I ended up doughing in something like 6 pounds of 2-row, and then dropped these big globs of cracked corn pudding on the top of the grain bed....I mashed for 60 minutes @148 and drained and sparged , I recall it ende...
by NcHooch
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: The Construction Site
Topic: Just Post a Pick of your Rig
Replies: 358
Views: 51576

Re: Just Post a Pick of your Rig

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I gotta say, it's purdy , aint it?
by NcHooch
Sun Nov 05, 2017 6:08 pm
Forum: ** Welcome Center **
Topic: Hello Clarice...
Replies: 4
Views: 327

Re: Hello Clarice...

You just use distilled water and this : http://homedistiller.org/calcs/dilute" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" rel="nofollow