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Old 03-21-2009, 03:19 AM   #1
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so...not sure if i made a big mistake here or just worrying about nothing.

transfered my beer to secondary and let it sit a couple of weeks. brought it out into the open with all intentions of bottleing... long story short it has been sitting out in a relitively well lit space for a couple of weeks now. it has not been sitting in direct sunlight or anything, but enough ambient light to make me worry. i have always heard that light can severly taint the final product, should i worry?

temp and everything has been consistant, the light is my only real concern...



 
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:25 AM   #2
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You're fine.

Direct sunlight or "real" direct and extended florescent light will skunk your beer. Normal daylight won't hurt.

Oh...and congratulations on your 10th post since August.

What..have you been taking lessons from Revvy or something?



 
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Old 03-21-2009, 03:48 AM   #3
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....slow and steady....

 
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:46 AM   #4
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Old 03-21-2009, 04:53 AM   #5
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Okay I have to ask...has anyone really skunked a batch or clear bottle of brew by exposing it to too much sunlight?

I have been hearing about the "danger" of clear bottles forever. Two of my top three commercial beers are Newcastle and Corona (the other is Guinness) and both come in clear bottles. I've been drinking them for years and I can not ever remember drinking a skunked beer due to sunlight. How much sunlight does it really take to skunk a beer in a clear bottle?

 
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:27 AM   #6
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i skunked a few beers the other day for the old lady(she digs corona). it took about 5 min of direct sunlight in clear bottles.

 
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:50 AM   #7
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Okay I have to ask...has anyone really skunked a batch or clear bottle of brew by exposing it to too much sunlight?

I have been hearing about the "danger" of clear bottles forever. Two of my top three commercial beers are Newcastle and Corona (the other is Guinness) and both come in clear bottles. I've been drinking them for years and I can not ever remember drinking a skunked beer due to sunlight. How much sunlight does it really take to skunk a beer in a clear bottle?
It takes about 20 minutes in full sunlight to skunk a beer that's in clear glass.

It's almost impossible to find a non-skunked Corona, IME. Many homebrew clone recipes intentionally bottle them in clear glass and set them in the sun for a while to make them taste like the real thing.

Personally, I really like bottled Pilsner Urquell (which is also almost always skunked in the US) and the un-skunked stuff on tap doesn't have that "crisp, bitter" taste that I like in it.
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Old 03-21-2009, 06:54 AM   #8
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I was drinking a moslon Canaidan (pewh) on a hot sunny deck with a friend on a high UV day. It skunked really bad between sip one and sip two. So yes.
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:08 PM   #9
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i thought it had to do more with temp change over time. like if the beer is stored improperly in shipping and goes from refrigeration to hot trucks too many times....i sit on my deck and drink beer ALL the time and never noticed a flavor change ??? dont get me wrong, i am sure direct sunlight is bad for any brew in its young stages, and i dont store any beer no matter what color the bottle in the sunlight. but have one skunk while im drinking it ?

 
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Old 03-21-2009, 12:47 PM   #10
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Okay I have to ask...has anyone really skunked a batch or clear bottle of brew by exposing it to too much sunlight?
Yep.

Dad's favorite beers are those slightly skunky beers like St. Pauli Girl, Heineken, etc...

Weeks before he comes to town I'll brew a basic american ale...less the late hop additions...and set a few dozen bottles of the finished product out in the sun for 30-40 minutes.

He loves them.

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