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Old 02-03-2011, 01:09 AM   #1
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Just got another free Carboy, 5 gallon. It was free but it did come with what appears to be 3 dead mice inside. One is so old it's unrecogniseable, one is fairly decomposed and one is pretty new. They are stuck to the bottom and smell aweful. how would I get them out? Would you even use it? It smelled so bad I just put a cup of bleach in and a gallon of water. I'm hoping they come unstuck. Anything else that will dissolve them? Maybe drain cleaner?



 
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:12 AM   #2
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I'd start with some type of acid to dissolve the mice.
from there I'd do a hot bleach and water treatment let it sit for a while
then do oxyclean and hot water.

possibly bake that ****er in the oven to make sure all nasties are gone.

call your first brew in it "three blind mice"

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Old 02-03-2011, 01:14 AM   #3
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Throw that $hit out!

 
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:18 AM   #4
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I like Flomaster's plan. After all that is done I would not have any problems with using it. Its glass, that gunk isn't going to survive that concoction of cleaners.

I like the name of the beer. How about "Of Mice and Men Lager" or "Mouse in the Haus Ale" In fact I think you can take it a bit further. After you make a few awesome brews in that carboy you should add mouse or mice into your brewery name.
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:19 AM   #5
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The only problem is that some people will probably freak out if you tell them about the mice. Then that means more beer for you!
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:19 AM   #6
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I LOL'ed (ugh, I am that guy that used 'LOL'ed'....) at the idea of drain cleaner, but it might actually work. Not sure if you could get that flavor out. Another idea is some muratic acid from a pool supply store. That is just watered down hydrochloric acid without all the other stuff in drain cleaner that might give off scents and/or flavors. A gallon of the stuff is usually a couple of bucks, just ask for their shock acid. Obviously which ever way you go, make sure and rinse the Hades out of it once you get all the juicy bits out.

The way I see it, if whatever is eating the mice can live through acid and a heavy bleach treatment, you are probably already doomed. The biggest concern is smells and flavors, and you should be able to clean up glass pretty easy. Buy a cheap carboy cleaner brush that you don't mind throwing away and use it to clean the bottom.

BTW, if the carboy is plastic, disregard everything above and just burn it.

 
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:21 AM   #7
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+1 for name of beer.

 
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:22 AM   #8
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The only problem is that some people will probably freak out if you tell them about the mice. Then that means more beer for you!
And this is a problem how?

 
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:23 AM   #9
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Just rack on top of them!

Or, because I'm assuming its a glass carboy, just clean it out very good and use it. If it's plastic, I'm not so sure....
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Old 02-03-2011, 01:40 AM   #10
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add mouse or mice into your brewery name.
I'm not sure about Dead Mouse Brewery



 
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