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Belly Buster Bob
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Username: Canman

Post Number: 3089
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 131.137.245.198
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 03:58 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

hello all:
here's an interesting story for those that store grain for any period of time.
Last couple years have been incredibly hectic for me and my family so brewing has been set aside.
I had a single bag of grain sealed sitting in my basement. I figured why not? it's not doing any harm in a dry basement....WRONG
A couple days ago my wife is diggin thru some of our stored stuff and lets out a shriek no man wants to hear....ever.
The entire corner of the basement where the grain was was crawling with tiny almost too small to see bugs. I mean crawling.
It was obvious the grain was the source so it immediatly was double bagged and removed. The problem was so overwhelming that we paid an exterminator $400 to help us. He will fume our house for the second time today.
As embarrasing as it is to have a bug infestation I thought it good info to pass on. These little buggers got into everything, we have had to open every closed container or tightly pack box in our house so the fog can get into it. Not fun at all
 

Belly Buster Bob
Senior Member
Username: Canman

Post Number: 3090
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 131.137.245.198
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 04:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

just for interest, I think I've had that bag since July 07 as that was the last brewing session just shortly after we lost Marlon Lang
 

Dan Listermann
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Username: Listermann

Post Number: 6765
Registered: 03-2004
Posted From: 74.83.191.159
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 04:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

CO2 will kill the little bastards. Either from a tank or in the form of dry ice.
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2862
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 05:33 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Freezing works too, though harder to do with a whole sack!

Some LHBS purge CO2 through their grain bins for this purpose.
 

Belly Buster Bob
Senior Member
Username: Canman

Post Number: 3091
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 174.117.53.114
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 07:51 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

I'm talkin whole basement here fellas. Infested
 

Hophead
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Username: Hophead

Post Number: 2863
Registered: 03-2002
Posted From: 167.4.1.41
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 08:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Sorry, I think we're both talking about what to do BEFORE they hatch!

I typically freeze smaller bags (<5#) overnight. I've never had a sack longer than 6 months, and I tend to transfer to smaller containers when they get under 15# or so.

Hope the fumigation works. Atleast they don't bite. ;)
 

PaulK
Advanced Member
Username: Paulk

Post Number: 857
Registered: 02-2003
Posted From: 68.63.203.31
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 - 08:47 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

My local homebrew shop charges a premium for all the grain weevils they sell. You could have sold your grain to them since they seem to prefer infested grain.