I accidentally made alcohol from sugar water

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merkantur
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I accidentally made alcohol from sugar water

Post: # 19449Post merkantur
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:06 am

So I filled a test tube with sugar water with a cotton wool to provide a supply of sugar to my ants. A few weeks later I found that the test tube reeked of alcohol and it leaked out of the cotton wool for some reason even though I made sure the surface was somewhat dry and some of my ants drowned.

Does it happen to you guys?

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Re: I accidentally made alcohol from sugar water

Post: # 19451Post Martialis
Sat Apr 15, 2017 9:26 am

Sounds like you made some form of rum. :lol: This is why it's not recommended to put founding colonies in sugar water test-tube setups.
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Re: I accidentally made alcohol from sugar water

Post: # 19475Post Batspiderfish
Sat Apr 15, 2017 3:05 pm

Well, more like just foul liquid not resembling anything a human could drink. The only reason to fill a tube with sugar water is if your ants drink so much of it that it doesn't have time to ferment.
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Re: I accidentally made alcohol from sugar water

Post: # 19492Post jwatson16202
Sat Apr 15, 2017 4:30 pm

I'm giving my ants sugary stuff on a small ball of cotton right now, seems to work ok
don't have enough ants to make a test tube of sugar water worthwhile at the moment
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