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-Moonshine Distiller 48-Hour Turbo Yeast
Howdy folks, and welcome back for another Heads episode. In this episode we are going to be discussing the turbo yeast mash. While there is a lot of bad rep around turbo yeast, we definitely recommend starting this way for new distillers. It’s so easy, and it’s super cheap, so you can really get the process under your belt with a couple batches without really breaking the bank, and to be honest I still use turbo yeast mashes, especially when I am doing something like using one of my essences.
Turbo yeast mashes are really pretty simple. You just mix sugar with water, add the yeast, let it ferment, and you should be good to go with the distilling process. There’s a couple optional extras that we can add in that we will discuss later on in this video. But, to begin with, we’ve just got three gallons of warm water and 18 pounds of sugar. We add the sugar to the water and stir it all in. Again, we used warm water just to help the sugar dissolve and we will be adding the other two gallons of water later on.
So, now that we’ve got the sugar mostly dissolved, we are going to add back in our cool water to help cool back down the mash. Generally, you want to add until there is about 5 or 6 gallons of total liquid. With all the sugar dissolved and the cool water added, it is just about lukewarm temperature which should be fine to add your yeast. Cut open the yeast packet, and pour the entire thing in. give it a quick stir to mix the yeast in, put the lid on, and you should be ready for fermentation.
With our 48-hour turbo yeast, it will generally take about 48 hours to reach 14% alcohol by volume, and 5 days total to reach about 20% alcohol by volume. Generally, you want to ferment it at a little bit warmer temperatures than you would a typical, beer yeast or wine yeast, at 70-85 degrees Fahrenheit. Optimal temperature would be about 77 degrees Fahrenheit. At temperatures higher than 77 degrees Fahrenheit, the yeast are going to produce more byproducts, giving your final distillate a slightly funkier flavor.
So, as you can see, turbo yeast mashes are very easy and simple to do. They are also very cheap since a 25 pound bag of sugar at Costco costs about $10, and the bag of yeast costs about $4. As a beginning distiller, this is a very cost effective way for you to get your feet under you and learn about distilling without breaking the bank.
Hopefully you found this informative and good luck to you. And as always, thanks for tuning in!