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Offline Underhill

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Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« on: October 17, 2016, 06:31:46 PM »
I am brewing an IPA and due to a large amount of foam at the start was using a blow off tube and bucket.  When the foam died down I switched from the tube to a standard air lock.  While dumping the bucket I noticed a mouse had smelled the sugars in the foam crawled up to investigate and fallen in to the bucket.  It has been an exmouse for a number of days.  The scientist in me says proceed - the airlock should keep out any mouse extract.  The twelve year old girl in me says EWWWWW.....   :P  Thoughts??

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2016, 06:36:31 PM »
Understand the EEWWWW factor but I think you'll be fine.  The blow-off tube should be under positive pressure so nothing can leak back into the fermenter.

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #2 on: October 17, 2016, 06:40:12 PM »
Haven't heard a good EWWWWW story since someone dropped a full diaper into a fermenter.  My guess is that everything is fine.  Nothing from the offending mouse should have gone back up into the blowoff. 

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2016, 07:20:48 PM »
That's funny!  I don't think it would hurt a thing with the blow off tube in use.  I would even go so far as to name the beer, Mouse Lives Matter IPA.
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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2016, 10:36:45 PM »
I think you have finally invented a better mouse trap. I think I will fill a bucket with blow-off and see if I can get that pesky rodent
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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2016, 04:18:37 PM »
Just curious, did you have any starsan, cheap vodka etc. in your blow-off bucket?

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #6 on: October 23, 2016, 02:13:01 AM »
Just curious, did you have any starsan, cheap vodka etc. in your blow-off bucket?

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2016, 07:39:03 PM »
I am brewing an IPA and due to a large amount of foam at the start was using a blow off tube and bucket.  When the foam died down I switched from the tube to a standard air lock.  While dumping the bucket I noticed a mouse had smelled the sugars in the foam crawled up to investigate and fallen in to the bucket.  It has been an exmouse for a number of days.  The scientist in me says proceed - the airlock should keep out any mouse extract.  The twelve year old girl in me says EWWWWW.....   :P  Thoughts??

I hear if you bring the mouse to the Elsinore Brewery you can get free beer!  ;D

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2016, 09:31:30 PM »

I hear if you bring the mouse to the Elsinore Brewery you can get free beer!  ;D

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2016, 01:55:06 PM »
No starsan or vodka in the blow off bucket.  I ended up dumping it.  :-[  Just didn't want to think about that dead mouse floating in the bucket every time I drank one.  :)

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #10 on: October 29, 2016, 03:38:42 PM »
Just curious, did you have any starsan, cheap vodka etc. in your blow-off bucket?

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Re: Mouse in the blowoff bucket
« Reply #11 on: October 29, 2016, 08:08:27 PM »
Just curious, did you have any starsan, cheap vodka etc. in your blow-off bucket?

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