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Old 06-19-2009, 01:21 AM   #1
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If I brew in the middle of the day and the sun is shinning right on the boiling wort does it affect my beer? I know sunlight is bad for hops and my hops are in the wort, so I am thinking it is probably not the best situation. Is there truth to this theory?

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Old 06-19-2009, 01:25 AM   #2
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Been wondering the same thing... when I move outdoors with the propane burner I plan to buy, I imagine I'll brew under a portable canopy on the deck, if only to keep the sun off me and help prevent the random chunk of whatever from falling into the brew pot.

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Old 06-19-2009, 01:27 AM   #3
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You're not out there long enough for it to matter. Now, if you ferment in a carboy in the sun, different story.

Of course, it's probably better for you and your health to brew in the shade.

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I have one of those patio umbrellas to brew under. It makes a huge difference in comfort. I am in Texas so it gets hot here.

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I have one of those patio umbrellas to brew under. It makes a huge difference in comfort. I am in Texas so it gets hot here.
I'm in Connecticut-- it's barely gotten above 80 on a couple of days so far. It's been a very cool spring.

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Sunlight is not bad for beer until you introduce yeast. Apparently you need riboflavin (which is a yeast byproduct) for the chain of reactions that skunk beer.

http://blog.khymos.org/tag/skunk/

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It's post fermentation when light stiking the beer is bad.....NOT during the brewing process...Relax....beer was brewed outside for a LOOONG time before commercial breweries existed.

Not too different from this...


Relax!!!!!! Bazillions of gallons of beer have been brewed outside in the sun...and you don't see any posts about skunked beer from that...nor mention of it in books....we wouldn't be doing it if it were inherently bad for the beer.
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Geez, it was just a theory. I cannot really change my process as my tower is over 9ft tall with Keggle on top. My beers turn out fine, I am very relaxed, but had a question and that is what I thought this forum was intended for. Thanks to all for your input without the sassyness.

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Geez, it was just a theory. I cannot really change my process as my tower is over 9ft tall with Keggle on top. My beers turn out fine, I am very relaxed, but had a question and that is what I thought this forum was intended for. Thanks to all for your input without the sassyness.
Um..if you are referring to MY posts, I wasn't trying to be sassy...I WAS TRYING to calm your concerns.....

It's not like I said you were an idiot or something for asking (we get this question on occasion)...I just said to realx, we've been doing it for a LONG time....Hence the video on colonial brewing to prove the point...nothing in there was intended to offend....or be "sassy"

We, and books tell so much about what to and what not to do...To sanitize....not to pour your beer into the secondary from a high hieght, to use a hydrometer.....so saying that if it were bad, we wouldn't be doing it...is logical....NOT sassy.....

WTF??????? NONE of us where "Sassy" to you.....Telling you to "relax" is being sassy???WTF??????
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Thanks to all for your input without the sassyness.
Yeah, HBT is like quaffing 100 IBU's of sass.

Seriously, Revvy (I'm assuming that's who you're referring to) was just trying to enlighten us all with his usual good humor and no-nonsense approach. He's a bounty of good information.

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