BeerLab Home Brew Supplies

Tequila & Fruit Brandy yeast

Sold in 100 gram packs


DistilaMax® TQ active dry yeast is a selected strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae isolate selected for use in inulin or sucrose based fermentations. DistilaMax® TQ produces a broad spectrum of avor congeners and gives a desirable taste profile on many different substrates, giving it a wide range of distilling applications. 


Product features

DistilaMax® TQ displays a wide range of temperatures for fermentation including low temperatures. However highest alcohol production yields at temperatures between 30°C to 35°C. It demonstrates a short lag phase, which helps it compete against contaminant bacteria and has a fast fermentation rate in a wide pH range. DistilaMax® TQ has a lower to average nitrogen need than other distillers strains.  It ferments well at low temperatures and is effective at restarting stuck fermentations. High alcohol tolerance up to 18%. Competitive factor K2. Low to average production of volatile acidit



DistilaMax® TQ has been selected especially for its ability to ferment glucose and fructose in high-stress conditions; this allows a good implementation in the must/wash, resulting in fermentation with low residual sugars and high ethanol content.

• DistilaMax TQ has the killer factor K2, enabling DistilaMax TQ to outcompete wild yeast in the fermentation.

• DistilaMax TQ displays good temperature tolerance (18°C - 35°C) and a short lag phase which limits the development of wild microorganisms. • DistilaMax TQ is recommended for use in the production of tequila and fruit brandies.

• At low-temperature fermentation with the right nutrition, DistilaMax TQ produces fruity and floral aromatic profiles, which are well-suited for the production of brandy.

• At higher temperatures, DistilaMax TQ displays aromatic profiles which are well-suited for tequila such as increasing complexity and fruity characters



Normal dose rate 0.15 - 0.30 grams per litre of wash or juice (dosage: 150 - 300 ppm).


Directions for use

It is recommended to rehydrate the yeast before utilization. To rehydrate, add yeast to a 10X volume of fresh water at 35ºC to 40°C, then stir and allow to stand for 15 minutes. Pitching rates will depend on the process, but generally range between 25 and 40g/hl.  If added straight to the fermentor, temperature should be between 30°C to 35°C.


Storage and handling

DistilaMax® TQ active dried yeast should be stored in a cool, dry area away from heat for maximum stability. When stored under these conditions, the product is stable for 36 months from the date of manufacture.



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