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Old 06-09-2012, 02:10 AM   #1
Apr 2010
San Diego, California
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I am five days into fermentation of what I hope to be a killer batch of american pale ale.

Tonight, I went to switch out the blow off tube back to an airlock for another five days or so to ensure fermentation is complete.

There was a small black "spec" where the blow off tube and neck of the carboy come together and I couldn't quite tell if it was actually a dead fruit fly or not. I have noticed a few buzzing around over the last few days, but it hasn't been that big of a problem.

I gently eased the blow off tube out of the carboy and "drop". In went the black spec before I could reach it.

I'm freaking out. Am I okay? Should I rack it to secondary? Leave it alone? Or, am I screwed?

Thanks everyone.

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Old 06-09-2012, 02:18 AM   #2
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Jan 2012
Charlotte, NC
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Good news, the fruit fly couldn't possibly drink the whole batch.

With you being 5 days in, it's doubtful it would infect anything that would hurt the beer, but you could try to turkey baste it out if it bothers you. Otherwise, rename your brew Diptera Pale Ale, and celebrate your friends chugging it with the "special ingredient."
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:25 AM   #3
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Any time some sort of dead animal falls into my beer, I just prepend the word "Belgian" to the style name. You're fine.
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:29 AM   #4
Oct 2011
Rockport, Wa
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New name "American fruit fly ale" won't hurt anything. Just don't tell your friends that help you drink it.

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Old 06-09-2012, 02:56 AM   #5
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Don't worry about it. Fly =protein

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Old 06-09-2012, 03:11 AM   #6
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Boise, ID
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Best comment of the year Malfet!

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