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Fruit flies in Barrel


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Hi To all,

Recently bought a used barrel to run some tests. We got an early (mid winter) fruit fly invasion.

We left the barrel over night to drain (after rinse) and it got infested.

Any tricks to clean them out? Can we use very mild glycerin soap? Or just hot water?

And while I'm at it... Do you have any tips for preparing and storing used barrels?


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Steam your barrel. Best way to store a used barrel is to dump a gallon or so of spirit in the barrel. This will help keep the barrel water tight for a few months till you can fill it

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