BEGINNERS’ GEMS #6: Finally Taming the Yeast Beast

spirit essences, spirit essence, home distilling, liqueur essences, liquid smoke, oak chips

HERE’S OUR SIXTH article for home distilling beginners, drawing a line under all we could find for you about yeast.

Our previous Beginners’ Gems posts containing helpful hints, tips and techniques for home distillers, include the following:

This sixth article wraps up any remaining issues you might have with your home distillers yeast.

Couple of facts about re-start yeast strains:

The ‘special thing’ about re-start strains is they have in-built tolerance to around 10% ABV but if added to 12% ABV they die.

If a yeast sticks, often times the ABV percentage will be above 12%ABV because even when the wash has overheated during fermentation it would usually hit 12%ABV anyway.

Alternately, it may be because the wash has cooled down below 15°C (59°F). In this case, warm the wash up and stir vigorously to get the yeast back into circulation. Once the wash is warm fermentation should continue normally.

DO you enjoy Johnny Walker Red? CLICK HERE to get our Scottish Legend Scotch Whisky JWR taste-alike TODAY!

I have tried to get the wash going again but nothing seems to start it?

Distill it anyway. You will not get as much alcohol as you would from a normally fermented wash. Watch the temperature on the condenser and stop when you have reached the appropriate maximum temperature for your model.

CLICK HERE NOW to get your NEW RELEASE Jack Bourbon: Jack Taste-Alike Spirit Essence

My wash has turned to jelly!

The problem described is the result of a bacterial contamination from Leuconostoc. Under certain conditions, this bacterium produces a polysaccharide. This polysaccharide looks like jelly. Whilst it is totally harmless, customers would definitely complain if they saw such a contamination.

This bacterium can live on surfaces within a brewing environment, especially where there is a lot of repeat brewing, this is likely to be the source of contamination. But, for leuconostoc to contaminate a brew would require very low temperatures – under such conditions, very little ethanol would be produced during the first 48 hours allowing the Leuconostoc to take hold.

Right Here, Right Now… BEST EVER Selection of Spirit Essences, Liqueur Essence Flavours, Oak Chips and MORE!

Until next time… Happy Distilling!


Questions about Spirit Essences or Home Distilling?
Phone Keith direct NOW – 0418 583 668

Keith’s Spirit Essences Facebook Page

Global Flavours’ HOME DISTILLERS CLUB Facebook Group

Posted in Distilling, Fermentation.