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Old 09-15-2008, 05:05 PM   #1
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Default there's a cockroach in my blow-off water... that sounds funny.

So I brewed an IPA two weekends ago and setup a blow-off tube in a bucket of water/starsan. The first week, I was keeping a pretty close eye on everything that was going on. But after things settled down a bit, I stopped paying much attention to it.

When I peeked in yesterday, there was a dead cockroach floating in my blow-off water. I quickly removed it and replaced the water. This may be a silly question, but what negative effects can this have on my beer, if any? I mean... the actual cockroach never made contact with the beer, but i just want to make sure this isn't a complete tragedy. Has this happened to anyone else and what was your initial reaction?

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:14 PM   #2
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As long as it didn't come in contact with the brew I see no reason to worry.

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Old 09-15-2008, 06:09 PM   #3
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You should be A-OK. It's pretty nasty, granted. I have had Fruit Flies in my airlocks before and no troubles.

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I tend to get fruit flies in my airlock all the time and it doesn't cause problems.

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Old 09-15-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
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It is only a problem if it drinks all your beer

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Old 09-15-2008, 08:14 PM   #6
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just call it Roach IPA and make your friends guess why

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Old 09-16-2008, 04:41 AM   #7
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Ewww that's nasty. At least he didn't drink all your brew.

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just an update. i racked the IPA to the secondary last night and it smells TERRIFIC!! it's got exactly the kind of citrusy aroma i was hoping for!

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I would recommend the "Flying Roach" as the name.
Nothing freaks me out more, and nothing is more satisfying when it is crushing under my Slipper (flip flops).

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As long as stuff doesn't crawl up your blow-off tube, you're golden.

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