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Offline Steven Morgan

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Re: lil critters in my starter
« Reply #15 on: August 31, 2018, 09:44:07 PM »
Dump it. Cut your losses. I just poured a whole keg that got a phenolic infection, probably from airborne yeast.

Offline Lazy Ant Brewing

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Re: lil critters in my starter
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2018, 03:30:56 PM »
I have a few dead fruit flies in the vodka inside my airlock --they are small enough to get inside the little vent holes in the cap.  I hope none have fallen through the open tube into the fermenting wort.

I wonder if I could put some cotton soaked in vodka into the top of that tube?

Thanks in advance for your advice.
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Offline Robert

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Re: lil critters in my starter
« Reply #17 on: September 06, 2018, 04:59:35 PM »
Cotton makes a great barrier on its own, I wouldn't bother soaking it in vodka.  That might just make it a mushy plug.
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Offline KellerBrauer

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Re: lil critters in my starter
« Reply #18 on: September 06, 2018, 06:40:27 PM »
I agree. Cotton should be sufficient. As far as any getting past the vodka, highly doubtful. They most likely died on contact with the alcohol.
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