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Old 02-01-2013, 10:32 PM   #11
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Florescent and full spectrum lights will skunk 'em too. Be very aware of it.

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Old 02-02-2013, 01:09 AM   #12
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Slightly off topic, but will a beer skunk through a white plastic bucket? Or maybe the correct question is how long does it take if full UV exposure through a clear glass carboy takes an hour?

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Old 02-02-2013, 05:04 AM   #13
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I'll bet buckets are ok. In fact a clear plastic better bottle MIGHT block uv. Clear plastic eyeglass lenses block uv.

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Old 02-02-2013, 11:23 AM   #14
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Not really,no. Clear doesn't block UV. But polarised will. The plastic buckets are better in this respect than clear plastic or glass. The solid colored plastic would slow it down anyway. Beer bottles are brown to block the most UV.
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I use grain sacks over my carboys to block light and moderate temps somewhat. I just cut a hole for the airlocks.

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I use dark tee shirts,or a black velvet smoking jacket the darn dog chewed up. I've even used an old fleece lined CPO before.
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Old 02-04-2013, 02:05 PM   #17
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Just to update this thread -

I bottled this weekend and popped one open to see how bad the skunk was in my beer. To my surprise it wasn't bad at all! It amounted to a very slight off taste, but nothing that would put you off. With a few weeks in the bottle and served chilled I think it will be a fine brew (at least for my first beer). Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I'll try and remember to update this thread again when I crack another open.

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Old 02-04-2013, 03:51 PM   #18
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Thanks for the update, and congrats on your successful brew! Beer is more forgiving than I expected (thank god)

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