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Old 02-13-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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So it happened, I got an infected batch :/. I figured out the culprit though, I let the vodka in the airlock evaporate and a fruit fly or two got in. What is the best way to disinfect? I assume I should just fill it with a solution of bleach, but at what ratio? Is there a better way? I dont want this infecting any other batches!

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Just clean and sanitize as normal.

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For bleach I believe the ratio is 1 TBSPN to 5 gallons. You of course will need to rinse afterwards. However I would recommend ditching the bleach and use a no rinse sanitizer like Idophor or Starsan.

Just remember sanitizing is different than cleaning... You can use a soak in Oxiclean or PBW before sanitizing to take care of that. Or if you have a glass carboy a brush and dish soap.

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Just clean and sanitize as normal.
Yes,

I clean with cold water as Oxyclean... you don't have to over do it the OxyClean is you let it sit for a day or so until it clears up..

Rinse with Hot Water, using to much Oxyclean can "cake-up".

Sanitize, again I use a warm/hot solution to make sure not Oxyclean remains.

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Ah ok! DUH!!! hahah didnt even think about that. OK I will soak it in PBW then sanitize as normal. thanks guys!

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For bleach I believe the ratio is 1 TBSPN to 5 gallons. You of course will need to rinse afterwards. However I would recommend ditching the bleach and use a no rinse sanitizer like Idophor or Starsan.

Just remember sanitizing is different than cleaning... You can use a soak in Oxiclean or PBW before sanitizing to take care of that. Or if you have a glass carboy a brush and dish soap.
1 tbsp per quart = 4 tbsp per gallon = 1.25 cups per 5-gallon carboy. I generally use 1 cup per carboy.

For a deep soaking of an infected carboy, nothing beats a bleach solution.

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1 tbsp per quart = 4 tbsp per gallon = 1.25 cups per 5-gallon carboy. I generally use 1 cup per carboy.

For a deep soaking of an infected carboy, nothing beats a bleach solution.

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See this is what I was thinking. I want to be SURE that everything is dead in there. But then again, an overnight PBW soak followed by 6.5 gallon iodaphor soak should do the trick. This is a glass carboy btw
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Wait you got a fly in it and you are calling it infected and dumping the batch?? I sure hope not but in regards to cleaning I just dump some oxyclean in hot water, use a scrub brush designed for cleaning carboys, and let it sit over night. In the morning I dump the carboy rinse with hot water.

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Wait you got a fly in it and you are calling it infected and dumping the batch?? I sure hope not but in regards to cleaning I just dump some oxyclean in hot water, use a scrub brush designed for cleaning carboys, and let it sit over night. In the morning I dump the carboy rinse with hot water.
not just any fly, a fruit fly. Which cary lactobicilius. The top of the beer is covered in big white bubbles
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not just any fly, a fruit fly. Which cary lactobicilius. The top of the beer is covered in big white bubbles
i would still drink that!! would be ready for summer.. sour in the summer is a great mix
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