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Old 08-11-2009, 09:08 PM   #1
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Having joined the AW horde, I have a couple gallons fermenting. Checked it this morning and it's covered with ants! First time I've had a problem with them. Even the mead didn't get invaded. Guess I'll hose it off, move it to a new location and see if that does the trick.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get some fresh juice for regular cider in 6-8 weeks. I've seen projections for the apple crop of 15-50% of normal.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:17 AM   #2
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Ants are just extra protein for ya

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:32 PM   #3
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What yeast is best for ants?

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:38 PM   #4
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Good excuse to name it "Ants Marching Apfelwein".

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 05:42 PM   #5
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You need to find where the ants are getting in, track down their nest and nuke it from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:29 PM   #6
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Having joined the AW horde, I have a couple gallons fermenting. Checked it this morning and it's covered with ants! First time I've had a problem with them. Even the mead didn't get invaded. Guess I'll hose it off, move it to a new location and see if that does the trick.

Hopefully, I'll be able to get some fresh juice for regular cider in 6-8 weeks. I've seen projections for the apple crop of 15-50% of normal.
Ants? How? Are you fermenting in open containers? And what do you mean you'll "hose it off"? Hose what off?
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Old 08-12-2009, 06:50 PM   #7
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Those ants must be having a good time drinking!

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:11 PM   #8
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Ants? How? Are you fermenting in open containers? And what do you mean you'll "hose it off"? Hose what off?
The ants were all over the bucket. None of them got into the fermenter, but by hosing the outside off I remove (I hope) whatever attracted them, plus the pheromone trails they use.
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Old 08-12-2009, 07:38 PM   #9
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Good excuse to name it "Ants Marching Apfelwein".
Hurrah! Hurrah!

 
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Old 08-12-2009, 11:47 PM   #10
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ants go marching 2 by 2 the little one stops to drink a homebrew!

i had a pesky critter snooping around the cap on my carboy... i guess the rhinofarts really attract the crawlies. anywho.. i spritzed him with some of my disinfectant.. and cleaned up the area.. havent had a problem since..
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