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Old 08-26-2008, 11:57 PM   #1
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Default Is a Carboy Cover or Shirt Needed to Keep Light Away?

From what i read it seems as though it is important to keep the carboy away from light while it is fermenting. If it is in a place where light may get to it, is there something that i should be covering it with?

I saw a shirt over a carboy in my local homebrew store, but is that a special shirt? Or is it just a regular ol shirt? Can i cover it with anything else that I may have at home?

I do not have a basement and my rooms all have natural light shining into them.

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:00 AM   #2
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i just use one of my old black concert t-shirts with a rubber band around the neck

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I have a huge closet. I mean, I could easily stick a 20 gallon fermenter in there and still have 3 carboys running behind my shirts, and just kind of wander around it.

Not that I have a 20 gallon fermenter.

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Old 08-27-2008, 12:47 AM   #4
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Yes you will skunk that beer if you are letting it sit around exposed to the sunlight.

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I use SWMBO's shirts on 3 gallon carboys...and mine on 5 and 6 gallon versions.

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Try to at least keep it out of any place where direct light will shine on it, with or without a shirt or anything else. The light and temp variations won't help. If you don't have a room or closet that's completely dark, the shirt will help. We stack some ripped up cardboard boxes around our carboys, since they're in a place where they'd get a bit of indirect light, just to be sure!

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great. i will be sure to keep it away as much as possible (which should be fine on its own) and I will also use a black shirt on it as well.

Thanks a bunch!

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i just use one of my old black concert t-shirts with a rubber band around the neck
If you don't want your carboy wearing your best TOOL/ACDC shirt , try this.
We use the cardboard piece that it ships with. It fits perfect and probably blocks more light that a t-tshirt. They are also located on a shelf that doesn't get much light.
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I just wrap mine with a (new) black plastic trash bag.

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i set mine in the 48qt cube ice chest and slip some foam over the top i cut for lids. i fill it with water put the temp probe in there and monitor for heat and add ice bottles as needed.

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