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Old 08-09-2009, 01:26 AM   #1
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Brewed a batch today, and the *******, *************, ********-****-******** flies about carried me off. There were over twenty-five on my keggle while I was sparging.

The propane heat ran them off, until I started chilling the wort. I had to fish two of the little ***************'s out of the wort.

I hope I don't wind up getting an infected batch.

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Old 08-09-2009, 01:34 AM   #2
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Hope for the best, but those little buggers are flying lacto cultures.

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Old 08-09-2009, 06:20 AM   #3
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Get a star san mister to ensure all the flying bugs in the area are properly sanatized and you'll be fine!

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I need to get some metal screen, stainless maybe, and cut a keggle cover.

Keep the little ***********************s out, at least.

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Old 08-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #5
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We get flies really bad sometimes in early spring. I light our tiki torches when doing my springtime brews and that keeps them away. I brew about 5 feet from the torches.

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Old 08-10-2009, 02:34 PM   #6
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What about in the airlock?

My mead blew a little bit into the airlock water, and a bunch of fruit flies committed mass suicide in there. Is it seperated enough from the mead in the fermentor? Or can those lacto cultures make their way in there?

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Old 08-10-2009, 02:52 PM   #7
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I use a fryer screen when there are a lot of bugs or leaves flying around during the cool down. The boil anything that gets in there will be sterilized.

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Old 08-10-2009, 03:05 PM   #8
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The FLies were crazy yesterday at my sons birthday aprty. I've never seen them so bad at my house!

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I use a large fan on full blast aimed at my kettle while I'm sparging/cooling. That does a decent job keeping them away. It also might help a little with stuff drifting into it, although I'm not certain.

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Old 08-11-2009, 12:42 AM   #10
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God, I HATE flies but I have several horses living in my hood so there is not much I can do, except curse them continually.

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