DetailsFerments up to 22% before slowing. Use nutrients to obtain the highest alcohol level prior to distillation (which of course is NOT legal as a beverage!). Usually not used for wines or beers. Sufficient yeast for approx 500 gallons
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4.9 / 5.031 ReviewsPerfectAlthough I lack much expertise in the hobby, this yeast seems pretty top notch. I've used it for several batches already and the flavor was consistent; it's very active and I consider it a good value. I used this in combination with the yeast nutrient sold on this site, but this yeast did plenty of work on its own before stalling and needing the nutrient.March 5, 2012Distillers YeastSo far seems to be doing what it's suppose to do.January 12, 2016March 5, 2016works greatI love this yeast it is very hardy and taste good too. I have made hundreds of gals of mash with it best yeast for the price. My wife even made bread with it once.October 26, 2011NICE!!!This stuff takes off.. very active on day two through four then drops off and keeps going and going.. 12lb sugar in 4gal water went on for about two weeks and was still going steady.. i figure was @21% on day 13. very much worth the wait..August 28, 2012Lifespan?Time will tell how long a shelf life this has as I have subsequently read since my purchase that yeast are tender. Perhaps smaller packets? Use this with a yeast stimulant, nutrients or energizer to get the maximum oomph from a wash. My first attempt was 4.5% so I will take my own advice and re-try. It will apparently keep bubbling forever and I distilled at eleven days.November 21, 2012Roughly three years and it still works hahaI ordered this from Midwest probably 3 years ago and I actually have been keeping it in a tupperware bowl the whole time. When I used it when it was new it worked very very well and fast. I recently used it again almost 3 years later and it still works great. I figured it would be no good by now but I was apparently wrong. I would probably not recommend yeast that is so old but It worked for me in a pinch after 3 years. I recommend this yeast for sure.January 5, 2013gluey tasteTried to use this to make a high alcohol base for a liquor. It ferments great to high alcohol tolerance as stated, but the resulting liquid tastes like water mixed with glue and alcohol, even after filtering several times. But to the product's credit, it is not really intended for this purpose.January 9, 2013Powerful yeastIt starts very fast - in an hour, and you will need a blow off hose._x000D_Its very active while fermenting._x000D_It reaches a low final gravity._x000D_I reached 20% in two weeks._x000D_This is the most powerful yeast I've used.April 29, 2013This yeast loves corn mashI have first hand experience with it going through corn mash like wildfire. This is way way stronger yeast than brewing yeast. I got to 23% alcohol after 2 weeks._x000D_It wont taste so good so you have to process it. I've slowly been using the pound, I just keep it dry and cold and take what I need when I need it.September 3, 2013
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Browse 2 questions Browse 2 questions and 7 answersHow long does it remain active in dry form (shelf life)?BEST ANSWER: When I receive my 1 pound package of distillers yeast i put it in the refrigerator on the bottom shelf. I take out what I need when i need it. If i have kept it in the frig 1 month, i take it out a day earlier. 2 months - 2 days, 3 months -:3days and so on. I have kept it out as long as 6 days.There are all kinds of products out there for sale called Distillers or Turbo yeast and yeast are all pretty much the same animal, So how can you tell that this yeast is better or produces more alcohol than say bakers yeast? People have no other choice than to by this yeast and set up 2 different fermenters with this and then some other yeast and do a comparison to see if it actually is better yeast. How does one know that this is not just plain old brewers or bakers yeast with a distillers yeast label on the bag??? I don't think there are many people who can send the yeast to a lab to make a genetic comparison to see if there is an actual difference.BEST ANSWER: Hello,
Yeast is not pretty much the same animal, just like you and I are likely not the same. There are different varieties, even different species. You may be better at things than I am and vice versa, and have a higher tolerance for certain things than I have, we both more than likely have a variance in our metabolism as well. This distillers yeast has a rapid metabolic rate, and has a high tolerance to alcohol, making it an excellent candidate for producing a wash for distillation. There is a great variance in brewers yeast as well. Bakers yeast is basically useless for producing beer, wine, and liquor of any quality. This is not plain old brewers or bakers yeast, it has been selected and cultured at Alltech Biotech. If it were bakers yeast labeled as distillers yeast, that would be false advertising, which would be illegal. There is no need to send the yeast to a lab to see if there is a difference, that has already been done in the lab that cultured the yeast.