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sanibel14 07-09-2010 08:09 PM

Fruit flies in airlock
Hi Guys

New to this forum and new to home brewing. Just finished my second batch of Scotch Ale yesterday. When I checked it this afternoon I noticed 2 dead fruit flies floating in the water of the airlock to the fermenter. The airlock has a cap on it that was sealed properly and the fermenting bucket was fully sealed but I suspect the flies are small enough to either penetrate the airlock cap or maybe the lid to the bucket?! What do you think? Do I need to fish the dead flies out tof the airlock? Is the entire batch ruined? Any advice would be appreciated.


brrman 07-09-2010 08:38 PM

Keep that airlock full. As long as the flies don't get into the beer you are perfectly fine, bro. Most likely the flies got through the airlock cap.

And as anyone here will tell you - NEVER throw out a batch. Always let it age to term, and if it tastes off at that point, let it age some more - months even...

sanibel14 07-09-2010 08:43 PM

Thanks. Sweet bar by the way.

carnevoodoo 07-09-2010 10:15 PM

This is definitely why we have airlocks! Fruit flies are very good as getting acetobacter into beer, so you have to watch it. You'll end up with vinegar. I know I did.

passedpawn 07-09-2010 11:13 PM

get some star san in that airlock asap (if not already).

Bassman 07-09-2010 11:35 PM


Originally Posted by passedpawn (Post 2152909)
get some star san in that airlock asap (if not already).

I use cheap vodka. I get a weird kick out of asking for the cheapest vodka you have when I go to the liquor store.

oo7cable 07-10-2010 12:31 AM

I second the Vodka - And yeah..its pretty fun asking for the $2 bottle :)

japhroaig 07-10-2010 01:04 AM

Many bugs are attracted to CO2. Nothing to worry about. Carry on and provide samples :)

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