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Old 05-18-2009, 07:41 PM   #1
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I was going to keg a batch of my Spring Ale this morning and there was 4 or 5 dead fruit flies in the air lock. It was filled with vodka and I didn't notice them until I dumped the vodka into the mason jar that I store it in (I reuse it)...ruining the vodka that was already in there. Anyway when I opened the ale pail it had an odd smell to me, my wife said it smelled ok to her though. So instead of kegging it I racked it into a carboy. I didn't see any fruit flies in the beer, so I guess they squeezed thru those tiny holes in the top of the three piece air lock. I have it chilling in the keg now.

Has anybody else seen something like this before?

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Old 05-18-2009, 07:42 PM   #2
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I have had them get into the air lock before. The liquid catches them and they have never been a problem.

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Old 05-18-2009, 07:47 PM   #3
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It's ruined. Horribly. You probably wouldn't even want to taint your drain with it. Send it my way and I'll dispose of it properly for you though.

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Old 05-18-2009, 08:31 PM   #4
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Hmmm...I would not drink that vodka. Otherwise, you should be OK. Never happened to me but fruit flies are clever little guys.

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Old 05-18-2009, 08:36 PM   #5
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I always keep a fruit fly trap sitting around my brew room. Take a bowl of water, mix in sugar and fruit juice, add a drop of soap to break the surface tension. Works like a charm and they seem to prefer it to trying to get into my meads since it's out in the open...and all their buddies are floating around in it...

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Old 05-18-2009, 08:46 PM   #6
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I hate fruit flies... Set up traps as mentioned. The brew will be fine though, the vodka likely killed any bacteria on the fruit flies.

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Old 05-18-2009, 08:57 PM   #7
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I had about 20 gallons start their descent towards vinegar last year from those bastards. It happens.

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Ok, thanks. I figured it was ok, but just needed some reassurance. Can’t help but freak a little. My sinuses/allergies are bad right now so my sniffer isn’t up to par at the moment. I had a wit sitting right next to it and there don’t appear to be any in that air lock. The spring ale was brewed on 4/24 and the wit on 5/6. So I guess we had more fruit flies in between those dates than now, or maybe they just like the SA better…

It’s amazing those little dudes can squeeze thru those tiny holes in the air lock top. They look too big when they're bloated with cheap vodka lol

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BTW, SWIMBO uses a little coffee cup and puts some apple cider vinegar in it with a drop or two of dish detergent and that works great for the kitchen. Guess I'll start doing the same around my fermenters.

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I asked the same question about a month ago....

here's a pic of my captured critters in the air lock...



I was using star san, put out traps and switched to rum (no vodka in the house) btw they didn't like the rum....

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