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Old 04-30-2013, 12:02 PM   #1
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So I was admiring my first Saison fermenting like crazy and I noticed an insect of some kind found their way in my primary. It is just floating on top and I want it out of there, but I'm afraid to take the airlock off during peak fermentation. What should I do? Will one bug ruin my hard work? Thanks for any input!

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:05 PM   #2
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Depends on what kind of bug it is. If it's a fruit fly you may have a problem......Yes, one fruit fly can ruin a batch. I know from experience.

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:08 PM   #3
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Fish it out. I had a fruit fly that was suicidal and drank himself to death in my secondary once. I fished him out and tried cpr but the poor bugger had passed. Best part though was the beer was fine

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:11 PM   #4
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I'm not an expert but it looks too big to be a fruit fly. I want to fish it out of there before I rack it into the secondary.

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:16 PM   #5
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Turkey baster worked good for me. Not going to hurt anything opening it up and getting the bug out now.

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:17 PM   #6
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thanks I will extract the intruder!

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:21 PM   #7
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Hehe make him spit out the beer he stole

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Old 04-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #8
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If you were sitting on a patio at a restaurant, sipping your beer, and suddenly noticed a dead fly at the bottom of your glass, would you keep drinking it?

I know I certainly wouldn't!

So why would you drink this batch of beer? There's a bug in it! That's disgusting.

Dump it and be more careful next time.

 
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Old 04-30-2013, 12:55 PM   #9
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If you were sitting on a patio at a restaurant, sipping your beer, and suddenly noticed a dead fly at the bottom of your glass, would you keep drinking it?

I know I certainly wouldn't!

So why would you drink this batch of beer? There's a bug in it! That's disgusting.

Dump it and be more careful next time.
The difference in price between a 5 gallon batch and a 16 oz pint would make me want to keep it. Fish it out and go on with your brew. Everyone eats a few bugs every once in a while.

*maybe I am just a cheap bastard*
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Old 04-30-2013, 11:48 PM   #10
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If its not infected it's fine. If it is, it's probably gonna just make vinegar
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