Water Temperature and Volume

The most vitally important part of creating the perfect wash is to start with the correct volume and temperature of the water before adding the sugar. Getting this optimised means you will for one, be at the perfect start temperature for the yeast, allowing you to add the yeast as soon as the sugar dissolves. 

Why do we want to add the yeast as soon as we can? The minute the yeast starts working, it starts to remove oxygen and lower the pH of the wash. This prevents any contamination from bacteria that will invariably also be somewhat present in the wash environment. Not only that, we are looking for quality ethanol production. If the water temperature is too cold, the yeast will not activate and being dormant will not eat the sugar to create the alcohol. Too hot and the yeast could simply die.

Sugar Usage

Never add more than the required amount of sugar and take care to dissolve thoroughly. Using too much sugar, or inadequately dissolving sugar will result in slow fermentation. In extreme cases, fermentation will cease. Any undissolved sugar may kill yeast and you will start with the wrong volume. It will also reduce alcohol yield and quality.


Choosing the Right Yeast

Turbo yeasts ferment sugar into alcohol wash. There are five Turbo Yeasts to choose from, and each one is especially formulated to work excellently in specific situations - be it your specific climate conditions, or your desired alcohol outcomes. Each Turbo Yeast contains a mix of yeast and nutrients, to make 25 L of Wash and produce alcohol that is extremely low in by-products.

Questions to ask yourself first when choosing a Turbo Yeast:

  • What sugar substrate are you using? i.e. Glucose Syrup/Dextrose/Molasses/Starch converted grains etc.
  • What volume of alcohol are you trying to make?
  • What will you want to do with your end spirit?
  • What temperature conditions are you fermenting in?

Although our Turbo Yeasts are extremely tolerant to stresses and our range can be used in multiple situations, depending on your needs a particular Turbo Yeast product may be ideal to produce the best quality results for your situation. 

Highest Alcohol Production?

Using 8 kg (17.6 lb) of sugar will produce the greatest amount of ethanol (approx. 20%). So use our CLASSIC 8 Turbo Yeast for this and produce a larger quantity of final end spirit from more sugar. 

Fastest fermentation?

Our FAST Turbo Yeast has some extreme speed and can ferment 6 kg (13.2 lb) of sugar in less than 24 hours but at the expense of ABV %. For a more balanced distillate you can also try using the CLASSIC 8 Turbo Yeast with 6 kg (13.2 lb) to ferment in as quick as 2 days.

Best quality distillate?

Use our PURE Turbo Yeast for producing 'triple distilled' quality alcohol at home, while the CLASSIC 6 Turbo Yeast is specifically formulated for 6 kg (13.2 lb) of sugar and will produce a low fermentation odour and a clean tasting spirit.

Best yeast for hot conditions?

The only yeast to use when the air temperature is above 30°C (86°F) is the HEAT Turbo Yeast. You'll also want to start your water temperature lower (around 20°C) to avoid shocking the yeast with the temperature spike that will occur.

For more detailed information on the ideal yeast for your temperature or situation read HERE


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