Many people assume that Prestige Turbo Yeast replacements are the solution to their alcohol production difficulties, when this is far from being true. Most issues related to alcohol production arise due to improper techniques, poor temperature conditions or using sugar that does not match up well with their production process.
Many generic turbo yeast packages include a strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae that was designed for bread production, so it produces volatiles (bad flavor congeners) at much lower alcohol levels and dies off prematurely. Furthermore, most don’t provide all of the nutrients necessary for high alcohol fermentation. For best rum, whisky, and fruit fermentation results, look for Saccharomyces strains with sufficient vitamins, minerals, trace elements, and amino acids necessary.
Alcotec 48 turbo yeasts are one of the top selling turbo yeasts on the market, offering a combination of Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with optimised nutrition for rapid fermentation. This nutrition includes nitrogen sources, pH regulators, trace minerals and amino acids necessary for successful yeast cultivation in its various stages of fermentation. These recipes have proven capable of fermenting up to 14% alcohol while also including an enzyme known as glucoamylase to break long chain sugars into simpler molecules for use by yeast during its fermentation processes.
These turbo yeasts must be added directly to sugar solutions without pre-soaking, unlike some other strains of yeasts. Soaking will cause too great an imbalance between their respective osmotic pressures resulting in them colliding more and eventually leading to their demise after 15 minutes due to too great an osmotic difference causing their cell walls to rupture, leading them to burst and die out altogether.