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Bought a bag of malt yesterday at the local homebrew store, and when I opened it today I noticed dark gray to blackish insects in there. I had some unmalted wheat in there with the malts. The store milled the grains for me.

Not sure if I bought them with the malt or if they got in through a hole while the bag was in my kitchen. I'm in Texas, if that matters.

Insects in the malt bag

  • Not a great picture of them, going to make identification hard. Also probably not the right place for this question. I'm not sure such a site exists on the network – bendl Oct 16 '17 at 2:41
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    The one on the left looks like the lesser of two weevils. – Jeff Roe Oct 17 '17 at 15:48
  • If you milled in store before leaving I'd wager they infiltrated once you got home – DHough Oct 17 '17 at 15:58
  • While it might be hard to ID from that picture, biology.stackexchange.com has a tag specifically for species identification – CDspace Oct 20 '17 at 15:46
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They're possibly weevils. The one in the middle looks like it has a long 'snout' that weevils tend to have.

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    Yes "insects in grain or flour" are usually weevils in my experience - including here in Texas. Had a bee in my wort yesterday but I think it flew in (at flame out and about to sieve into the fermentation barrel). – winwaed Oct 16 '17 at 14:11
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    Not just possibly. Those are undoubtedly weevils, almost definitely grain weevils. – Franklin P Combs Oct 16 '17 at 16:01
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    There may be a way to test the hypothesis that these are weevils. Put one of them on a surface like a table, and give it a nudge. Apparently, weevils wobble, but they don't fall down! – Jeff Roe Oct 17 '17 at 15:48

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