Still Spirits Yeast Guide

Now you can select the Still Spirits Turbo Yeast that best suits your fermenting environment and needs

GUARANTEED PERFORMANCE
To ensure that your Turbo arrives to you in the freshest condition, we ship all Turbos that traverse the equator in refrigerated containers and warehouse them under refrigeration where necessary. This greatly extends their viability well beyond the best before date. Our range of yeast includes:

  • CLASSIC 6: Low fermentation odour
    Specifically formulated to ferment 6kg of sugar across a wide range of temperatures, while still producing a clean tasting spirit.
  • CLASSIC 8: Highest yield
    The best all round performer! Use with 8kg  of sugar for high ABV (up to 20%!) and get an astonishing 5L+ of 93% alcohol per batch. Alternative, use 6kg of sugar for fast fermenting taking only 2-3 days. Contains mineral absorbents for added distillate quality.
  • PURE: Premium quality
    A breakthrough in Turbo Yeast development making it possible to produce “triple distilled” quality alcohol at home.
  • FAST: Extreme speed
    Fast is the quickest Turbo Yeast on the planet, fermenting out 6kg of sugar in less than 24 hours and producing very good distillate.
  • HEAT: The best in hot conditions
    The only Turbo Yeast to use when the air temperature is above 30°C. Delivers excellent quality alcohol in hot conditions. The only Turbo Yeast recommended for ‘stacking’ (adding more than one packet to create a larger wash).

In addition to Still Spirits Turbo yeast, we also recommend using:

Check out the below table to select the right Still Spirits Turbo Yeast for your needs

Classic 6 Classic 8 Pure Fast Heat
Low fermentation odour Highest yield Premium quality Extreme speed The best in hot conditions
Sugar Quantity 6kg Turbo Sugar 7kg Turbo Sugar 6kg Turbo Sugar 8kg Turbo Sugar 6kg Turbo Sugar 7kg Dextrose 6kg Turbo Sugar 6kg Dextrose 6kg Turbo Sugar 6kg Dextrose
Fermentation Time Min Temp 9-10 days at 15°C 9-10 days at 15°C 3 days at 18°C 10 days at 16°C 6-7 days at 20°C-24°C 6-7 days at 20°C-24°C 24 Hours at 20°C 24 Hours at 20°C 3-4 days at 25°C 3-4 days at 25°C
Fermentation Time Max Temp 4-5 days at 30°C 4-5 days at 30°C 2 days at 30°C 5 days at 25°C N/A N/A 22 Hours at 30°C 22 Hours at 30°C 2-3 days at 35°C 2-3 days at 35°C
Water Start Temperature 30°C 30°C 40°C 30°C 30°C 30°C 40°C 40°C 20°C 20°C
Water Start Volume 21 L 21 L 21 L 20 L 21 L 21 L 21 L 21 L 21 L 21 L
Air Temperature Tolerance Max 30°C Max 30°C Max 30°C Max 25°C Max 24°C Max 24°C Max 30°C Max 30°C Max 40°C Max 40°C
Operational Air Temperature Range

15°C-

30°C

15°C-

30°C

18°C-

30°C

16°C-

25°C

18°C-

24°C

18°C-

24°C

20°C-

30°C

20°C-

30°C

20°C-

40°C

20°C-

40°C

Optimum Air Temperature 22°C 22°C 25°C 20°C 20°C 20°C 25°C 25°C 30°C 30°C
Approximate Ethanol % 14.00% 15.00% 14.50% 20% 14.00% 15.00% 13.50% 12.50% 14.00% 13.00%
Distilate Rating 4.5/5 4.5/5 4.0/5 4.0/5 5.0/5 5.0/5 3.5/5 3.5/5 4.0/5 4.0/5
Quantity Pot Still (50%) 5.9 L 6.1 L 6.1 L 8.9 L 5.9 L 6.1 L 5.8 L 5.6 L 5.9 L 5.7 L
Quantity Reflux Still (70%) 3.9 L 4.1 L 4.1 L 6.2 L 3.9 L 4.1 L 3.8 L 3.7 L 3.9 L 3.8 L
Quantity Super Reflux Still (80%) 3.0 L 3.2 L 3.1 L 5.2 L 3.0 L 3.2 L 2.9 L 2.8 L 3.0 L 2.9 L
Quantity T500 Still (93%) 3.6 L 3.8 L 3.7 L 5.3 L 3.6 L 3.8 L 3.5 L 3.4 L 3.6 L 3.5 L

 

STILL SPIRITS TURBO YEAST INFORMATION

Water Temperature and Volume
The most vitally important thing to do to create the perfect wash is to start with the correct volume and temperature of the water before adding the sugar. Refer to the table above for the perfect combination for the yeast and sugar you are fermenting. Getting this right means you will be at the perfect start temperature for the yeast and can add the yeast as soon as the sugar is dissolved. The minute the Turbo starts working it starts to remove oxygen and lowers the pH of the wash. This prevents any contamination from unwanted yeast and bacteria that will invariably also be present from the environment.

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.

Temperature Tip
A lot of heat is produced during Turbo Yeast fermentation and the liquid temperature can often be several degrees higher (in fact 8°C higher for Turbo Fast) than the air temperature outside the fermenter. The majority of heat is generated in the first 12-36 hours, so if using a heat pad, do not switch on until day 2 when the temperature has dropped. Heat pads should not be used for Turbo Fast.

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