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Waiter... Theres A Fly In My Fermenter!

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SJW

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Yep that right.
I made a great Belgian Stong Ale and had racked it after 7 days, and at day 10 I was going to stick it in the fridge at about 1 deg C for a couple of weeks CC'ing. Anyway as I lifted the fermenter out of the large water filled tub i ferment in, i noticed a fly in the airlock. Bugger. But the action of lifting a fermenter sucks a little air and a FLY back into the wort. BUGGER. So of with the lid in with two fingers and plucked it out.
1- I dont know how long the fly was in the airlock for but it was only in the wort for a few seconds.
2- Can i expect an infection?


STEPHEN
 

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I think all that alcohol in a strong ale would protect it pretty well from most infections. If you had some kind of sanitizer in the airlock ie. alcohol you would be doubly protected.
 

Snow

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You'll get an infection but you probably won't notice it. I wouldn't worry about it. I once had a large moth go for a swim in my unfermented wort and leave moth scales all through it. Didn't have a noticable effect on the flavour at the end of the day.

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Snow said:
I once had a large moth go for a swim in my unfermented wort and leave moth scales all through it. Didn't have a noticable effect on the flavour at the end of the day.

- Snow
But now he goes ballistic when someone leaves the front lights on, or lights candles for dinner
 

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Snow,
Was it a moth ale or a moth lager?
What type of moth was it?
What stroke was it swimming with; was it backstroke?
Just curious.
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That's why i always remove the airlock before picking up the fermenter.
 

Snow

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Weizguy said:
Snow,
Was it a moth ale or a moth lager?
What type of moth was it?
What stroke was it swimming with; was it backstroke?
Just curious.
Seth
It was one of those big black moths - a good 10cm across. He was swimming breaststroke, I think :p

Bloody typical. Yesterday, after posting to this topic, I went home to brew my pilot version of my Mash Paddle entry, and as I was getting the wort to the boil, a bloody big lacewing dropped into the pot! He didn't swim for long....... :( I think I'll call it Amber Lace.

- Snow.
 

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