Flies in the Airlock?!!!!! - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Equipment/Sanitation > Flies in the Airlock?!!!!!

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 12-19-2007, 04:23 AM   #1
AlaskaBrewing
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Palmer, Alaska
Posts: 56


I transferred my cider into secondary today and noticed that the airlock on another carboy needed to be topped up. No problem right? Except when I add to it I notice about 10 fruit flies that float to the top of the airlock!!!

Do you guys think the airlock did what it was supposed to do and keep them out or do you think it let them in. It is a darker colored beer so I can't see anything floating around in it. Is there something I can do to test it? I put in a new sanitized airlock on it, but I am not sure what to do. Can someone help?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 10:27 AM   #2
EvilTOJ
 
EvilTOJ's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Dec 2005
Portland, OR, Oregon
Posts: 6,401
Liked 50 Times on 35 Posts


The airlock did what it's supposed to do, keep those goddamn vinegar making bastards out of your brew. Just dump out the airlock and add more liquid like you already did.
__________________
There is a very fine line between "hobby" and "mental illness."

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 11:38 AM   #3
shafferpilot
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
shafferpilot's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Cincinnati OH
Posts: 1,579
Liked 20 Times on 19 Posts


might be a good idea to clean and sanitize it first
__________________
A great man knows that he knows NOTHING

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 12:15 PM   #4
Old_Brewer
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Carmine, TX
Posts: 105
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


You can add a small piece of paper towel and a rubber band to the top of the airlock, after you clean and refill the airlock.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 02:12 PM   #5
kinison_fan
 
kinison_fan's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Sep 2007
Downingtown, PA
Posts: 539
Liked 54 Times on 51 Posts


Yeah, you'll be fine. Certain times during the year, I get them in my airlock as well.
They'd have to dive and swim through the airlock liquid to get at your beer.
__________________
-Those that know donít close the door on those that donít know (The Gourds, "Education Song")...
-The brewer's yeast ferments, and forgives, all that you did...(The Gourds, "Right in the Head")...

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 02:41 PM   #6
Jesse17
Yep....I tell you what...
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
Jesse17's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Nov 2007
Miles City, MT.
Posts: 552
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts


I wouldn't worry about it. If you used vodka or sanatizer in your air lock I would guess that there would be zero chance of the flys living through 'diving and swiming' to get through the air lock. Even with water, I don't see them making it.

Not to mention, if they did 'dive and swim' under the little cup in the air lock, when they surfaced inside, they would be in a relativly zero oxogen a enviroment. It's pretty hard to catch your breath after swiming, when you surface in a tube full of CO2.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 02:48 PM   #7
hopjedi
Recipes 
 
Mar 2006
Livonia, MI, Michigan
Posts: 35

i use vodka in my air lock and have had no problems with insects.
have not done any cider either, but i think the vodka keeps the fermenting wort smell down.
first couple batches i did, i used water in the air lock, and could smell the fermenting wort when walking into the basemet where fermenter was placed.
swiching to vodka leaves no smell in air that i can notice anyway.
__________________
BOTTLED - OATMEAL STOUT
BOTTLED - 2 HEARTED ALE CLONE BELMA
BOTTLED - OATMEAL ESPRESSO STOUT
BOTTLED - 2 HEARTED ALE CLONE CENTENNIAL
BOTTLED - Melomel-Blackberry 14 months now
BOTTLED - KBS Clone
BOTTLED - VAN BOURB PORTER - TAHITIAN
BOTTLED - VAN BOURB PORTER - PLANIFOLIA
BOTTLED - NUT BROWN
BOTTLED - AMERICAN IPA
BOTTLED - HONEY BROWN
BOTTLED - BELGIAN ALE
NEXT UP - Blonde

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 02:50 PM   #8
AlaskaBrewing
Recipes 
 
Mar 2007
Palmer, Alaska
Posts: 56

Thanks for the replies. I had either vodka or gin in the airlock. Guess I kind of freaked when I saw the flies, but sounds like I should be fine. Thanks again.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2007, 02:56 PM   #9
DUCCCC
Recipes 
 
Oct 2007
Posts: 1,619
Liked 42 Times on 42 Posts


I was having the same problem and I used a piece of my wife's pantyhose as a filter. just cut out a section, and yes she did give me a new pair she had, and I attached it with a rubber band. No more flies in my 3 piece airlock. They only really seemed to like the Apfelwein airlock, and not the beer.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Flies!!! Cpt_Kirks General Beer Discussion 12 08-23-2009 09:27 PM
After 5.5 weeks I'm getting fruit flies in my airlock.. woollybugger2 Beginners Beer Brewing Forum 14 04-21-2009 06:01 PM
Fruit Flies + Airlock = bad? bergman1118 General Beer Discussion 11 10-20-2008 05:35 PM
Fruit flies in my airlock... uh-oh? Reddy Equipment/Sanitation 9 09-25-2008 08:43 PM
Fruit flies near airlock?? OtherWhiteMeat Extract Brewing 8 09-25-2005 03:53 PM


Forum Jump