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Old 07-18-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Default skunking in real time?

Given the right conditions, can a beer skunk in the time it takes you to drink it?

I had a Dogfish 60 minute, poured into a clear glass, at lunch the other day. We sat outside and it was bright and hot - I'm sure the UV index had to be a 9 or a 10. It seemed to me that over the course of drinking the beer, I got a skunky-like taste. I know that the skunk flavor is a result of light interacting with the isohumulones from the hops, so I thought perhaps I was witnessing this happen in real time. The other option I suppose is that I was noticing a flavor shift as the beer warmed up. (I know, I know, I should have drank faster)

How long does it take for beer to skunk?

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:24 PM   #2
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It can definately happen in real time. Especially with lighter beers. From what Ive read very hoppy beers can skunk in as little as 30secs of intense sunlight.

http://www.evansale.com/skunked_beer.html

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:35 PM   #3
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Absolutely. I've had a beer in a glass that I left on the grill for 10 minutes while I was attending some stuff in the kitchen and by the time I came back there was a noticeable skunk quality to it.

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Old 07-18-2009, 02:56 PM   #4
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you put a glass of beer on the grill?? what??!

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On the table that hangs off the side of the grill...

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Ill take my beer medium rare please...

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