It is a little over the top, but you're right about it being better to spend the extra time cleaning as opposed to ruining a batch. Better to clean/sanitize too much than not enough.
I've yet to see a single "OMG, I used too much Star San/Iodophor, and ruined my batch!" thread. Cheers.
Originally Posted by Catt22
I would never use a dead mouse in my beer. It's much better to use live ones. You could probably just steep a dead one, but live ones must be mashed. Actually, smashed and mashed would be best.