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Old 02-26-2009, 02:01 AM   #1
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Apparently I have a rat in my basement. I'm not so much disgusted as angry. My father kept rats as a part of his work, so I'm no stranger to rat droppings. The problem is the bastard got into my box of specialty grain. Thankfully, I keep my bulk grain in another part of the house. I have about six small bags of different grains, for a total of 3.5 pounds. The rat got into my Victory, but doesn't look like it nibbled on anything else. Each of the bags is medium thickness plastic and individually sealed. I would just use them, but the rat defecated and urinated in the box. Sould I: 1) Just use the grain; 2) wash the bags carefully and use the grain; or 3) toss them and get new grain?

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:04 AM   #2
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I'd dunk the bags in bleach water. If they're sealed the bleach water won't get in and you can be sure the droppings didn't either. If it gets in, the droppings probably did too.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:06 AM   #3
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I'd bet money there is rat poo in the grains we may never see

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:06 AM   #4
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Only 3.5 pounds? So your talking a little more than 10 bucks probably right? I would just toss them.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:07 AM   #5
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I'd bet there are plenty of rats running around our favorite craft breweries making pebbles and leaking golden water.

Do your best to clean stuff up and brew away.

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:08 AM   #6
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There was probably rat poo along with the bugs before you got the grain anyway.

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:27 AM   #7
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Your boiling the wort anyway, so every thing will be fine. Use the grains, and who knows. You may come up with this crazy new taste in beer that everyone will love.
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Old 02-26-2009, 02:27 AM   #8
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screw it... use it. Its gonna get boiled for an hour anyways...
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~~~___//_ ____________________________~~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~~~_/ [][]| | /```\/```\/```\/```\/```\ |~~~~~~~~~~
~~~~~~~_/_______| |____NOW TRIPLE HOPPED______|~~~~~~~~~~
~~~___/[_]| 00 /| | \,,,/\,,,/\,,,/\,,,/\,,,/ |~~~~~~~~~~
~~|___|___|___/_| |___________________________|~~~~~~~~~~
~~|=(*)[________]==(*)(*)=| \________/=(*)(*)=|~~~~~~~~~~

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:43 AM   #9
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The FDA allows a certain number of rat hairs, droppings, etc in most of our processed foods anyway -- I am sure this is not the first encounter these grains have had with a rat -- take reasonable precautions in cleaning and use'm

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Old 02-26-2009, 02:44 AM   #10
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Oh I thought you meant a rat actually pissed on your grains, so I was going to say you could just brew a Miller Lite.

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