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Old 02-24-2013, 10:28 PM   #1
chumpsteak
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Went out to the ferm chamber to check on my beers today and found this in a strong scotch ale we made last week:



That's a bee. There's actually a couple of them in there. They were flying around everywhere during the boil so I'm almost positive they fell in while boiling. I'm siphoning the beer into another fermenter now, sans bees of course. Anybody had this happen before? Am I definitely looking at infection?


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Old 02-24-2013, 10:42 PM   #2
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im thinking infection. no bueno Sorry man that sucks.



 
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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I'd still bottle it & see how it goes.

 
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:55 PM   #4
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I keg and plan on conditioning for another 2 weeks before carbing. The beer is over 9% alc if that helps at all. Will just keep an eye on it and see how it goes.
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Old 02-24-2013, 10:56 PM   #5
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I vote no infection, based entirely on that I've noticed this happens frequently and seems infections have rarely occurred.

If this happened to me I would not be overly concerned, but then with my few months of experience I could be totally underestimating the potential for infection.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:29 AM   #6
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Iif the bee fell in during the boil, then whatever it brought with it was probably killed off.

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:42 AM   #7
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That's what I'm thinking, just afraid there's a slight chance one of the bees got in there during chilling.
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Old 02-25-2013, 09:08 AM   #8
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looks more like a wasp? this distinction may seem pedantic but could harbor enormous repercussions concerning the naming of the beer. i would get a qualified entomologist in sharpish

 
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Old 02-25-2013, 12:54 PM   #9
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You'll be probably fine, maybe you'll grow some wings after drinking it, but the batch seems normal to me.
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Old 02-25-2013, 01:39 PM   #10
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I often have bees showing up wanting to sample my wort. I have to be vigilant while chilling. There are always one or two that attempt to enter once it cools. Found one dead in the chilled wort (1.050 gravity) right before transfer. Removed and fortunately had no issues.

I have been meaning to get a screen to cover my bk like i have seen on some other posts.



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