Electric Brewing Supply 30A BCS Giveaway - Last Chance to Enter!


Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Lighting situation
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 06-27-2009, 12:17 AM   #1
greencoat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 564
Liked 14 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Lighting situation

So, the only room in my house that I can keep at a constant suitable fermentation temp is my bedroom (our central AC is busted and the previous owners had a wall unit there.) Light comes in through the windows all day long. My beer is in primary, in one of those Ale Pale buckets from any ol' kit, but will be moving to secondary in a glass carboy decently soon.

I made a makeshift light blocker out of a big cardboard box, but some light still gets in. So my question is - how much light is acceptable to touch your beer during fermentation??

Thanks!!

(Also - the hallway smells like the yeast I pitched. I'm assuming this isn't anything to worry about, but just to make sure - is that normal/ok??)

__________________
greencoat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 12:22 AM   #2
Schnitzengiggle
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Tucson, AZ
Posts: 2,664
Liked 29 Times on 22 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

As little sunlight as possible, but in a bucket it isn't a big concern.

Throw a dark t-shirt over your glass carboy to help keep light out.

UV light will skunk your beer, so you definitely want to steer clear a clear carboy from sunlight.

__________________
follow me @ Broken Glass Brewery

Okham's Razor - simplest explanation is usually the correct one.

My DIY Kegerator - My DIY Fermentation Chamber - My DIY Portable Pump Box
Schnitzengiggle is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 01:39 AM   #3
HillbillyDeluxe
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: 'Possum knob KY Near lexington
Posts: 663
Liked 6 Times on 5 Posts

Default

just cover it with a t-shirt, you'll be fine.

__________________

You gonna pull them pistols, or whistle dixie?


Possum Knob Brewery and Stables
Possum Knob, KY.

HillbillyDeluxe is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 01:46 AM   #4
ChshreCat
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,341
Liked 473 Times on 376 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

Tinfoil makes a good, cheap, easy light blocker as well.

__________________

"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

ChshreCat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 01:18 PM   #5
david_42
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
david_42's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Willamina & Oak Grove, Oregon, USA
Posts: 25,654
Liked 135 Times on 128 Posts

Default

As do blankets, which also help stabilize the temperature.

__________________

Remember one unassailable statistic, as explained by the late, great George Carlin: "Just think of how stupid the average person is, and then realize half of them are even stupider!"

"I would like to die on Mars, just not on impact." Elon Musk

david_42 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 06:13 PM   #6
passedpawn
Waste Allocation Load Lifter - Earth Class
HBT_MODERATOR.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
passedpawn's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: ☼ Clearwater, FL ☼
Posts: 19,432
Liked 3513 Times on 2170 Posts
Likes Given: 3011

Default

During fermentation, you don't want to cover it with any kind of insulator. The fermentation is an exothermic reaction: a lot of heat is given off. The fermenter will increase 5-10 F if you cover it.

Wrapping it with tinfoil is the best option here. Good idea, Cat.

__________________
passedpawn is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 06:53 PM   #7
ChshreCat
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
ChshreCat's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Camano Island, Washington
Posts: 11,341
Liked 473 Times on 376 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

Tin foil would be an insulator as well, but if you're keeping it somewhere cool enough you should be fine.

__________________

"Science + beer = good!"
-Adam Savage

ChshreCat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 07:00 PM   #8
QueenCityALER
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Charlotte area NC, NC
Posts: 292
Default

I use dark colored bath towels for mine. Agree, no direct sunlight and as little as possible man-made lights as some can be harmful as well if given time.

__________________
GO! MANCHESTER UNITED! GO!
The blood of Vikings runs through my veins... and sometimes their beer.

Hell or High water Brewery

All Brews: ALL GRAIN ALL THE TIME!
QueenCityALER is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 06-27-2009, 08:19 PM   #9
greencoat
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Dayton, OH
Posts: 564
Liked 14 Times on 11 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Thanks everyone!

__________________
greencoat is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply



Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Burner not lighting correctly PLZ help. Mirilis Equipment/Sanitation 8 05-28-2009 05:20 PM
Difficulty Lighting Banjo Burner fighteroffoo03 Equipment/Sanitation 6 03-18-2009 06:33 PM
lighting dimmers for element control? GranillaNutz DIY Projects 50 02-05-2009 06:48 PM
hop situation hopsalot General Techniques 3 12-30-2007 03:56 PM