• dooley posted a new activity comment 6 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: woodey24 posted an update I seen in a post you started with an 8 gallon pot. We are looking at one too and wondering what your output per batch is? thanks..@dooley View

    depending on the abv of your mash and your cuts maybe a gallon after diluting it to 90 or so. my advice is to get the 13 gal with 3inch simple pot still head to start out will save you money in the long run when you relize 8 is not enogh.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 9 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: kenny posted an update in the group Beginner Distillers @dooley help..help.. I did my first rum wash.. put 10 lbs. black strap Molases In 3 gallons hot water. Added more water to 5 1/2 gallons bricks read 25 added alcotek rum yeast.. after 3 days stopped bubbling remove air lock remove lid brick reading 15 room temp stays at 70 degrees Can you help View

    from what I’m seeing your saying your starting gravity was 1.025 that’s way to low needed to be between 1.080 to 90 but not over 1.100 try adding 10 lbs of cane sugar to get it restarted.. at 1.025 your potential abv was only 5%

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 10 months, 1 week ago

    In reply to: first-timmer joined the group Introduce yourself View

    with supplies being hard to get not to mention costly I suggest you make sour mash that way you can get the most out of your supply theres a uncle jesses sour mash recipe in the recipe section I believe if not I can shoot you one. also theres a book you should get called moonshine its a good beginners book covers a little of everything.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: mastercraft posted an update in the group Beginner Distillers Hey all, quick question. Iv been running a brown sugar mash, 28 pounds sugar12 gallons water. I\'m only getting like 8 pints before the alcohol content drops right off. I don\'t think I\'m using the right yeast or maybe not enough? I can\'t seam to find much info on how much yeast to use. Any suggestions for yeast, how much and how long to ferment? Thanks View

    when your mash is done it’ll have a bitter taste like real dry wine if its sweet that means that you still unfermented sugar present that’s why I suggested turbo yeast with the amount of sugar your using some yeast will die off due to high abv but turbo will allow you to go higher up to 18% to 20%. hope that helps.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: cajuntiger posted an update in the group Beginner Distillers Hello, I\'ve been looking at the stills and am leaning towards the 20 gallon all copper kettle. Would this kettle help in achieving a better flavor run than the 13 or 26 gallon stainless steel kettle with the copper pot head? I\'m new to this and would rather invest in the right piece of equipment to grow into rather than having to upgrade at some point later on. Thoughts? View

    coppers king man but it depends on your budget. I doubt you’ll taste a difference between them matter of opinion. As a person who started with a 8 gal. pot I say go with the 26 ss pot or the 20 gal. copper if your serious it’ll save you money in the long run.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 10 months, 3 weeks ago

    In reply to: mastercraft posted an update in the group Beginner Distillers Hey all, quick question. Iv been running a brown sugar mash, 28 pounds sugar12 gallons water. I\'m only getting like 8 pints before the alcohol content drops right off. I don\'t think I\'m using the right yeast or maybe not enough? I can\'t seam to find much info on how much yeast to use. Any suggestions for yeast, how much and how long to ferment? Thanks View

    use a turbo yeast on your sugar washes maybe even a rum turbo when using brown sugar its done when hydrometer reads 1.000 or less. As a rule use 2lbs. sugar per gallon of water.

    • Thanks for the info Dooley. Should your mash taste good or bad right before distilling? Iv had some be sweet and some taste terrible. All mashes were sugar.

      • when your mash is done it’ll have a bitter taste like real dry wine if its sweet that means that you still unfermented sugar present that’s why I suggested turbo yeast with the amount of sugar your using some yeast will die off due to high abv but turbo will allow you to go higher up to 18% to 20%. hope that helps.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    In reply to: ppd joined the group Beginner Distillers View

    yes that’s what there for. be careful what you put in it though id suggest dried fruits in a small copper meshed bag. I’ve never done it but sounds like a interesting idea.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    In reply to: m1a-gunner joined the group Introduce yourself View

    good luck you’ll like it much better than the tea pot.

    • I got the still today and holy cow this looks tons better than what I made. I’ve already got all the ingredients I need at home.I’ll be busy for the next few months.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 12 months ago

    In reply to: cian posted an update Hi I was just wondering does anybody have a good corn shine recipe View

    look under favorites in mash recipes.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    In reply to: tommyb joined the group Beginner Distillers View

    if its still working its fine.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    In reply to: tommyb joined the group Mash Recipes View

    sounds good.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    In reply to: dooley posted an update in the group Mash Recipes
    If your wondering what its supposed to look like when its working good here it is.
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    sure whats up?

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 3 months ago

    In reply to: vwoods posted an update Lookn 4 word from Tom Dooly View

    sent you a message holler if you got more questions.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: destiller1948 posted an update Getting ready to run a thirty gallon batch that should give me plenty of shine for the next few months. If I use the six plate setup I will start out with 190+ for the first quart or so. Strictly heads and very good cleaning fluid. Will start collecting at 180 and stop around 165+. Will keep running into a five gallon bucket until I get down to 30% abv for backset. Been at it now for five years and since I live only 45 miles from Mike and Matt at Hillbilly Stills, I\'m proud to say they are both personal friends of mine and wonderful people. View

    Awesome I just ran 25 gallon wash with a four plate flute after cuts and dilution I got 5 gallons of 100 proof don’t ya just love them.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: frisco posted an update Hi there guys, I\'m having trouble getting my specific gravity below 1.05, after 3 runs of white sugar 16kg and molasses, 12L approx 8 gallons water. The starting SG was 1.14 and then added 2 packs turbo yeast. The temp was 28deg C when I pitched the yeast, had lots of activity for about 5-6 days then just stops. The temp of the mash climbed to 36degC while it was fermenting. Test the SG and this run has only dropped to 1.08..... not sure what I\'m doing wrong. Please help..... View

    if I’m understanding you right you used 16kg of sugar (35 lbs) and 12 liters of molasses (3 gallons) to 8 gallons of water. if so that’s way to much per gallon of water. yor abv is probably higher thann your yeast can handle. I’m surprise your starting SG was only 1.140.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: jed928 posted an update I have a question. For the first time I have close to 1/4 of my maze and barley floating on top of my mash. It seems to not allow the CO2 to escape. Is this normal? Or should I strain it off the top and throw it away? View

    ok I assumed you were fermenting on the grain. not sure let it work off and see prob be ok.

    • I am this time, just put it all in the fermentor and pitched yeast. I generally heat up my water to 160, add flaked maze and crushed malted barley. Cover it and let it sit for 3 hours and strain it out. Than I add the sugar. Once it gets down to 70 degrees I add yeast. This time I just put it all in fermentor and was going to strain when finished.…[Read more]

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: mr-fresh joined the group Introduce yourself View

    well as long as its built correctly and with safe materals its fine. but if you decide to go with the hbs still id get the 13 gal with 3” potstill head both come with everything even electric heat source if you want that.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: jed928 posted an update I have a question. For the first time I have close to 1/4 of my maze and barley floating on top of my mash. It seems to not allow the CO2 to escape. Is this normal? Or should I strain it off the top and throw it away? View

    no its fine its the cap it’ll sink as the sugars converted.

    • I normally strain out the grains before fermenting. I got nervous and scooped it off. Hope I didn’t ruin it!

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: mr-fresh joined the group Introduce yourself View

    welcome aboard will help where we can.

    • Thanks, Dooley

    • Hey Dooley, Let me ask you; better to make my first batch in homemade still i built out of a keg or save up and purchase the 8 gallon still off the website?? If you think the second choice, does it come with everything I need to get started?

      • well as long as its built correctly and with safe materals its fine. but if you decide to go with the hbs still id get the 13 gal with 3” potstill head both come with everything even electric heat source if you want that.

  • dooley posted a new activity comment 1 year, 4 months ago

    In reply to: dooley posted an update in the group Mash Recipes
    If your wondering what its supposed to look like when its working good here it is.
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    10 lb. sweet feed
    5 lb. cracked corn
    40 lb. cane sugar
    10 lb. dark brown sugar
    10 tlbs. Dry distillers yeast
    6 tlbs. yeast nutrient
    fill to 25 gallon mark with water

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