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Old 01-09-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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While I was away for a couple weeks over the holidays, my homebrew stash suffered a major mouse attack. My wife got home before me and cleaned it up, so I didn't actually see the carnage. Mostly it was several bags of dried malt extract that was attacked but there was also some crystal malt and corn sugar, etc.

There were holes chewed into the malt extract but the bags are mostly still intact. There was mouse poop everywhere, of course. I imagine that I should toss everything, but it pains me, and its probably $40 of extract. Would anyone have advice? Would it be fine once its boiled, or should I just say no to mouse beer?

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:04 PM   #2
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It wouldn't be worth it to me. Boiling might work, but mice carry some nasty crap in their crap.

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I had the same thing happen to me, and I definitely tossed ALL of it. It would probably be fine after boiling, but I just can't bear the idea of mouse-poop-residue in my beer (even if it IS sterilized). Mice may look cute but they are some of the dirtiest little creatures that people come into contact with.

Anyone ever heard of a little thing called BUBONIC PLAGUE?! :P

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:06 PM   #4
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I'd toss it. Sounds like Rubbermaid bins are in your future for storing the grain.

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Old 01-09-2009, 08:29 PM   #5
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I know that is the right answer. And I will be getting the containers tomorrow. I thought it was safe up in the cabinet!

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Old 01-09-2009, 09:30 PM   #6
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Would anyone have advice? Would it be fine once its boiled, or should I just say no to mouse beer?
One word.

Hantavirus

From Hantavirus Infection - Symptoms, Treatment and Prevention

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The mini-epidemic of hantavirus infection that erupted in the Southwest in 1993 was an ominous new variation of an old theme.

In other parts of the world, rodent-borne hantaviruses have been causing sporadic outbreaks of high fever, hemorrhages, and sometimes kidney failure for most of this century. Over the past 40 years, four strains of hantavirus have been blamed for periodic outbreaks of illness characterized by flu-like symptoms, fevers, and kidney problems.

But this outbreak was different: instead of the 5 to 30 percent fatality rates seen in the past, about 60 percent of people who were stricken in the U.S. died of respiratory failure within days. The first hantavirus deaths were reported in New Mexico in May 1993, in the remote Four Corners area where Arizona, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico meet on the high plains.

The cause of the disease was quickly identified as a novel member of the family of hantaviruses, originally named for the river (Hantaan) in South Korea where the prototype was discovered. The Hantaan serotype viruses cause severe hemorrhagic fever with kidney involvement and are found in Korea, China, and eastern Russia.

The new disease (discovered in the Southwest U.S.) is called the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome. The name for the new pathogen is the Muerto Canyon (Sin Nombre, Four Corners) virus, for the location in New Mexico where it was isolated.
I grew up about 75 miles from Four Corners, and Hantavirus is a very scary thing in that part of the world. 60% mortality rate, within days. Scary.

Dump the extract.
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:43 PM   #7
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:20 PM   #8
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I was just thinking I would save the extract in the "middle" of the bag and throw out the parts that looked like they had come in contact with the mice. But yall have convinced me to toss it all.

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yeah, toss it. Where was your stash stashed at? Maybe consider getting some plastic container.

Nice picture David 42...guess the mouse got a little too curious.

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Old 01-10-2009, 02:32 PM   #10
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btw, that picture is great :-)

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