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Old 06-29-2012, 06:21 PM   #1
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on and off the past 10 days or so, multiple times, when i pull a beer i end up with two brave but dead fruit flies floating in the head. perlick 525ss. i can't say that my house is completely devoid of fruit flies but they are pretty rare. or at least not evident. but they are finding my nectar and apparently engaging in a three sheets to the wind suicide pact. anyone had this problem? i couldn't find anything in a search of hbt. what should i do.... there are no flies around the kegerator, and i can't see any if i try to look up the tap, but when i pull the beer out they come. and no i did not add flies to the keg for protein

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:29 PM   #2
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Faucet caps. They are finding your taps and climbing up the nozzle.

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Old 06-29-2012, 06:35 PM   #3
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There are a lot of vinegar "traps" posted on the Internet by bored housewives who leave their wine out overnight. While they do catch fruit flies, they also attract them temporarily. If you set up one of these, keep it away from the beer even if that's the main affected area. They'll gladly fly across the room for some balsamic vinegar over time.

The trap with which I had the best success was a jar filled to a centimeter of vinegar and one drop of dish soap to break surface tension. The trap also had a funnel set with the tapered end inside the jar to restrict their exit in case they didn't drown in the vinegar.

Good luck, fruit flies are annoying and embarrassing.

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I get them in mine. Either use the caps or purge the first couple ounces of beer. They can infect your beer but I would think that as long as you pour often enough it'll be fine. I use beer to trap them and it draws them in like crazy but then the beer eventually develops a nasty infection.

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Old 06-29-2012, 07:21 PM   #5
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I agree with Philrose the embarrassment is the worst part of it. It does not bug me so much, I just pluck them out of the first beer or two a night. I am going to have to try the building a trap for these this year.

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Old 06-29-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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i agree with philrose the embarrassment is the worst part of it. It does not bug me so much, i just pluck them out of the first beer or two a night. I am going to have to try the building a trap for these this year.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:48 PM   #7
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A simple trap is filling a cup/jar/etc with whichever solution you choose and putting saran wrap over it and poke it with tiny holes using a toothpick. The little suckers can get in but they aren't smart enough to get out. No idea why, but it works.

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Old 06-29-2012, 11:28 PM   #8
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Caps, cheap and easy. Just be sure to put them on when you're not using the tap.

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Old 06-30-2012, 02:18 PM   #9
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thanks all for the ideas. i can't seem to find the faucet caps anywhere, are they purpose-built or reappropriated?
btw i have a wit and american brown on tap, the fruit flies really prefer the wit. maybe they're belgian tourists

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Here you go http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/f...pout-plug.html

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