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Old 08-18-2014, 02:46 AM   #21
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I can't find the post now, of course, but I remember reading on here that the skunking during boiling in the sun had been debunked. I rarely brew in full sunlight, just because I prefer shade, but I have done it plenty of times with no ill effects.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:08 AM   #22
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I've had beer in a clear glass skunk in minutes outside here so I've always been super paranoid about light contacting my wort and thereafter the finished brew. It is fermented and kegged while covered and lights on low. This is probably serious overkill (it is) but I'm concerned about losing my batch to off flavors. Seems to me that the same AAs that are being utilized in the boil are then present in the finished brew.
I need to eventually get brewing outside so the posts indicating no difference inside or out are reassuring.

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Old 08-18-2014, 03:29 AM   #23
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I've had beer in a clear glass skunk in minutes outside here so I've always been super paranoid about light contacting my wort and thereafter the finished brew. It is fermented and kegged while covered and lights on low. This is probably serious overkill (it is) but I'm concerned about losing my batch to off flavors. Seems to me that the same AAs that are being utilized in the boil are then present in the finished brew.
I need to eventually get brewing outside so the posts indicating no difference inside or out are reassuring.
Again, I still can't find the post. But if I remember correctly, and this may not be correctly, but the skunking was only supposed to happen after the yeast had started to work.

Again, I feel terrible posting possible off information, I'm not doing it to say I'm right, but hoping someone can link us to the post I'm speaking of.

Here is one I found, but this isn't the same one I remember reading.

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/why-...rewing-401793/

As this post is saying though, it could be a surface area thing. A glass or bottle of beer in the sun, is almost all exposed to the sun. The wort in a boiling pot only has a little bit exposed, compared the the full volume. And since the reactions of the hops in the boil aren't fully complete anyways, the sun doesn't have the same effect it would on a finished beer.

Probably talking out of my ass on this, but as I said. I have brewed in direct sunlight multiple times with no noticeable affect. And I am pretty sensitive to the "Skunk" effect. To the point that most commercial beer in a green or clear bottle, is undrinkable to me.
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Old 08-18-2014, 05:03 AM   #24
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Skunking is absolutely caused by direct exposure to sunlight and other UV.

I've always brewed in the garage so I don't know the effect of brewing in the sunlight, though.
Thanks for the correction. What I should have said is that exposure to oxygen after primary fermentation is over can cause beer to taste stale. I think that the thread to which the OP refers may be here (or at least it's close). While it's not dispositive, the consensus seems to be that unfermented wort will not get skunked if you're brewing outdoors.
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With my next batch I think I'm going to set out a cup of uninoculated wort in the sun for an hour to see what's up.

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