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Old 10-08-2011, 04:48 AM   #1
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Today, I pitched a fruit fly into my beer. I saw it in my starter. The shape of the vessel and the location of the (dead) fruit fly made it impossible to remove, so I pitched the little bastard. Haters gonna hate, but I'm hoping some of you out there have had a fly in your wort/beer without incident? If so, please tell me your fly survival story so I can sleep at night.

I think the lesson I learned this evening was that I should always have a pound or two of Safale-05 in the fridge for just such an emergency.

Thanks guys! Watch out for flies!

 
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:53 AM   #2
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that can't be good.
Or can it?!?!?!?


 
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:54 AM   #3
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I mean, the extra protein can only aid in head retention, right?

 
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:19 PM   #4
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as long as you sterilized the fly you should be ok haha

 
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:26 PM   #5
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Ok....I'm not saying this is going to happen to you....But, I had an apa 2 years ago with 2 dead druit flies sitting on the wort before krausen. It fermented as normal but remained cloudy for weeks (used s-04 yeast). Very slowly the flavors went from normal to acidic, to pretty much vinegar. Fruit flies are loaded with acetobacter. I'd like to say don't worry, but keep in mind it could happen.

 
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:38 PM   #6
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please tell me your fly survival story so I can sleep at night.
hate to break it to you, but i don't think that fly is gonna make it.
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Old 10-08-2011, 03:08 PM   #7
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Ok....I'm not saying this is going to happen to you....But, I had an apa 2 years ago with 2 dead druit flies sitting on the wort before krausen. It fermented as normal but remained cloudy for weeks (used s-04 yeast). Very slowly the flavors went from normal to acidic, to pretty much vinegar. Fruit flies are loaded with acetobacter. I'd like to say don't worry, but keep in mind it could happen.
So I have heard! I'm hoping that the fly was introduced to my wort because it landed into an open bucket full of sanitizer that had my autosiphon in it. I went to rack the starter beer off the yeast I had going, and that's when I saw the ****er. So perhaps the fly was indeed sanitized, or perhaps I am completely screwed. Lesson learned. Always have extra yeast.

This will be way easier to deal with than the time I found Jimmy Carter stuck in my air lock.

 
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:00 AM   #8
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Well, I have a similar problem. My starter has been sitting out for about two weeks (didn't have room in my fridge), couldn't get the batch brewed as soon as I had planned. Today I noticed that a white layer had grown on top of the starter, about 1/16th of an inch thick. What did I see floating on top of that film? Three fruit flies.

So I'm assuming that weird white layer was from them buggers. After reading this thread, there's no way I'm pitching that. Good thing I have two packets of S-04 in the fridge. Not my favorite, but you can't beat dry yeast for emergencies and rush brews.
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:06 AM   #9
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Fly in beer, I'd probably roll with it. Fly in starter, no way I'm pitching it. Good luck.

If you end up with white crawlies in your fermentor, you'll want to refer to this very excellent thread.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/yell...y-beer-130714/
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Old 10-09-2011, 05:57 AM   #10
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I read it and cried. Not really, but shucks. I'll keep a close eye on this one. I still have a good clean 15 or so gallons fermenting away, so at least I won't run out of beer!

 
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