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Old 08-31-2014, 07:06 PM   #11
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Crap! Well, no sulphites or campden were added to the wine originally. I reasoned that because this is pasteurized store bought juice I could omit it for now. And my dad has sulphite sensitivities. He wants first sip of this wine hehe.

But now I am worried about potential contamination of the wine from those pliers (those pliers only touched the stopper but still...) should I be adding sulpites now then? Or am I too late. I am 3 days in.

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Old 08-31-2014, 08:38 PM   #12
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The fan, Jack , is not to cool the bloody bugs, it's to prevent them from landing or flying around. You need to think outside the box -You might use a fan for "cooling", but what fans primarily do is move air and moving air with more energy than those flies can fly against or stand up to is the sole reason I had for suggesting the use of a fan. The movement of the air will act like a strong rip tide to drive the flies from their desired source of food. And that IMO is what is "cool" about using a fan in this context. (Now I understand your reference to dry ice... fan = cooling , rather than fan = moving air). But if my idea is "silly" I will happily and proudly wear that badge.

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Old 08-31-2014, 08:54 PM   #13
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Fruit flies cannot land in a cross wind. I also use a fan to detour the "Little Bastards".

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Old 08-31-2014, 08:56 PM   #14
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Hi Bernard,

I knew what you meant :-) Those fruit flies are annoying, determined, and I am certain that given enough time... they'd burrow in through my coffee filter napkin make shift covers! *shakes fist at the fruit flies*

A fan would benefit my wine as well because right now it is in one warm closet. I don't need the numbers climbing more than they have.

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The fan, Jack , is not to cool the bloody bugs, it's to prevent them from landing or flying around. You need to think outside the box -You might use a fan for "cooling", but what fans primarily do is move air and moving air with more energy than those flies can fly against or stand up to is the sole reason I had for suggesting the use of a fan. The movement of the air will act like a strong rip tide to drive the flies from their desired source of food. And that IMO is what is "cool" about using a fan in this context. (Now I understand your reference to dry ice... fan = cooling , rather than fan = moving air). But if my idea is "silly" I will happily and proudly wear that badge.
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Old 08-31-2014, 09:13 PM   #15
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Your wine should be fine. No need to panic over the bung, pliers or flies. I have certainly done worse with my wines, and have yet to dump one:-)
The coffe filters should be fine. You can airlock if you really want to. Personally I would wait a few more days. If you want to trap the flies put a peice of sticky tape on top of the coffe filter. When the flies land on it they get stuck. Poor mans fly tape:-)


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Thanks jensmith for the vote of confidence! I feel way better hearing that. It took lots of prep work and hunting down of supplies that I was starting to worry I had contaminated the whole thing right then and there...

I will take your advice of waiting a few more days before airlocking. The flies have since vanished and I was able to crack the closet door (where the wine is now) enough that it gets a steady flow of air and no bugs are hanging out in with the carboy.

Sticky tape! Smart solution! Now... can you help me makeshift a mini auto siphon? ;-)



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Your wine should be fine. No need to panic over the bung, pliers or flies. I have certainly done worse with my wines, and have yet to dump one:-)
The coffe filters should be fine. You can airlock if you really want to. Personally I would wait a few more days. If you want to trap the flies put a peice of sticky tape on top of the coffe filter. When the flies land on it they get stuck. Poor mans fly tape:-)


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