Brewers Connection
Weevil Alert
 
  With something as common as weevils, it’s pretty much unavoidable. This is due to the fact that weevils lay their eggs in, you guessed it, grains. The most common weevil we see in the brewing world are the granary weevil (Sitophilus granarius), sometimes referred to as snout weevils. These tiny beetles use their little snouts to drill holes in the casings of grains, such as wheat, oats, rye, rice, corn, and barley. Once the hole is drilled, an egg is deposited and the hole sealed back up with a gelatinous glue-like substance. When conditions are just right, like monsoon season for example, the egg hatches and the larvae uses its surroundings as a lunch box. While a few of them can be harmless, an infestation can be devastating. Typically once you see a few, infestation is inevitable.  
     
  So what do we at Brewers Connection do to avoid the problem? We COMBAT weevils before and at the first sign of them! Keeping our malt mills clean helps a lot, but doesn’t always assure they do not appear. We use restaurant approved insecticide in and around areas where we store our grain. Our flaked cereals (the most notorious grain that brings them in to start) are bagged and sealed into 1/2 pound bags immediately upon arrival into our shop. When we spot them, we wage war on them!  
     
  Rest assured, we do everything possible to avoid problematic bugs, such as weevils. Our goal is to provide to you, the customer, the best quality product we can. For more on the subject, here is a good read from Mr. Wizard of Brew Your Own Magazine.  
 
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