fruit flies in starter
I made a starter today. When I checked back in two hours to give it a shake, there were fruit flies underneath the lid. I opened the lid and they all flew out. Apparently they squeezed under the lid somehow.
I didn't see any floating around in the starter, but who knows. I would figure they would go after the wort caked on the sides of the container rather than dive-bomb into the wort and die, but they aren't exactly smart. I sprayed starsan on the sides of the container and lid in case they landed on there. It's starting to develop a krausen now.
My question is, do I risk a 40 dollar batch of beer and a lot of time, or buy stuff for a new starter? I'd have to mail order and I wouldn't get to brew for a week, and it would cost another 20 bucks for yeast+shipping+DME. The only infection I have had out of 40 or so batches, I let the air lock dry out and found fruit flies in there. I got a lacto infection.
I'm so pissed. I really do not want to have to make another 5 quart starter.
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