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Old 06-06-2009, 03:26 PM   #1
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Default Bugs in my airlock

I made some Apfelwein on 5/13/09 and it is in a 5 gallon carboy with a one piece airlock. Airlock is still bubbling away. I check it every couple of days and it has been looking just fine. I looked at it this morning and there are 8 bugs floating around in the vodka. EIGHT.

The holes in the top of the one piece airlock are tiny. Safe to assume they are fans of Apfelwein and couldn't hold off until I racked it...

There isn't much chance of suck back, so should I remove them? Did they get in there when they were at the micro level?

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Old 06-06-2009, 03:29 PM   #2
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fruit flies I'd assume?

Set fly traps, and keep the vodka topped up.

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Old 06-06-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Thanks for the link. The vodka level is still good. I am just trying to figure out how they got in there. The holes are way too small.

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Old 06-06-2009, 10:01 PM   #4
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Is it OK to leave the dead bugs floating around in the vodka or should I dump and refill?

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Old 06-07-2009, 04:18 AM   #5
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i think for the 3/4 oz of vodka you're tossing out, i'd do it. Just incase friends come over and you want to show off. You can get it to suck in just by moving the carboy. Why wouldn't you?

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Old 06-07-2009, 04:34 AM   #6
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They're barflies , give last call and shut em off.
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