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Old 02-01-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default First Brew - Light Exposure - Did I Skunk My Beer?

Hi all,

This is my first brew and I'll be bottling this weekend, but I'm afraid that I made a crucial error today.

I'm brewing the BB American Amber Lager, but it has been super dark and cloudy throughout the process so I wanted to give it a nice cold crash before bottling to clear things up a bit. It is a nice temperature to cold crash outside so I placed my plastic carboy on the back porch last night with the plan of covering it with a blanket this morning before I left for work. Of course I forgot to do so and I remembered my error around 2:00pm. Fortunately, I was able to give my buddy a call and he covered it around 2:15pm.

It is flush against my siding on the opposite side of the house of where the sun rises, so I'm thinking it got an hour or so of direct exposure. Is this going to skunk my beer?

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:01 PM   #2
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Shamefully bumping.

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It could. It doesn't take long to skunk a beer. The UV rays from the sun break down the hop oil's molecules into virtually the same thing as skunk spray.
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Could extra conditioning help mitigate this?

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No. Generally,when it's skunked it's done ime.
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A beer will fully skunk with direct UV sun exposure in less than 20 minutes. Who knows how much exposure yours got, but I'm sure it is at least partially skunked. No real going back at this point.

Finish it up and see how it tastes. I drank more than my fair share of skunked beer in college with a smile on my face, so it could still be very drinkable, even with the off-flavor.

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A beer will fully skunk with direct UV sun exposure in less than 20 minutes. Who knows how much exposure yours got, but I'm sure it is at least partially skunked. No real going back at this point.

Finish it up and see how it tastes. I drank more than my fair share of skunked beer in college with a smile on my face, so it could still be very drinkable, even with the off-flavor.
Some people pay more for skunked beer, especially those green bottle imports like Heineken. Just tell everyone it's a dutch amber lager if it ends up being skunked and you will look like a pro.
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Some people pay more for skunked beer, especially those green bottle imports like Heineken. Just tell everyone it's a dutch amber lager if it ends up being skunked and you will look like a pro.

Haha, Thanks for the encouragement.
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Haha, Thanks for the encouragement.
Hang in there. You learn something new with each batch. My one on Tuesday was an absolute disaster!! Most of the time, the beers seems to survive. (tuesday's brew may be an exception)

When I dont think my beer turned out perfect, my friend and I try to name off 5 worse tasting commercial beers. It usually makes me feel better.
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Yeah just try it and see... nothing you can do to mitigate it...

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