Question about darkness - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Beginners Beer Brewing Forum > Question about darkness

Thread Tools
Old 08-29-2006, 12:52 PM   #1
TheJadedDog's Avatar
Aug 2006
People's Republic of Cambridge
Posts: 3,316
Liked 16 Times on 13 Posts

Hello all, I'm fairly new here and am just beginning to see if it is even feasible for me to home brew in my apartment.

In terms of the actual brewing I don't think I'll have any problems, but I don't really have a closet to leave the fermentor. I'm planning on using a bucket for my primary and a carboy for my secondary and what I want to know is this...

How dark does it have to be during fermentation? Can it be in a room that gets some sunlight as long as it's not right in front of the window? Should I be thinking about getting a dark blanket to cover it?

On a side note, I have two cats in the apartment and am wondering if I need to prevent them from being able to go near the fermentor and what, if any, effect proximity to their litter box might have.

Any and all helps is appreciated.

Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2006, 01:11 PM   #2
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,558
Liked 7922 Times on 5546 Posts

A towel or blanket over the fermenter is fine. Would your cats climb all over the bucket or mess with the airlock? If not, it'll be fine. The litterbox issue, well, keep the litterbox out of the beer.

Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2006, 01:21 PM   #3
10th-Level Beer Nerd
the_bird's Avatar
May 2006
Adams, MA
Posts: 20,909
Liked 529 Times on 425 Posts

If you have a closet (ideally one without a lot of nice things in it, in case of blowout), that would be a good solution. Knowing my cats, I'd be worried they'd start playing with the airlock when they see it bubbling; probably just as well to keep it away from them.
Come join Yankee Ingenuity!

"I'm kind of toasted. But I looked at my watch and it's only 6:30 so I can't stop drinking yet." - Yooper's Bob
"Brown eye finally recovered after the abuse it endured in Ptown last weekend, but it took almost a full week." - Paulie
"no, he just doesn't speak 'stupid'. i, however, am fluent...." - motobrewer
"... I'll go both ways." - Melana

Reply With Quote
Old 08-29-2006, 01:25 PM   #4
Resident Crazy Uncle
kornkob's Avatar
Oct 2005
Madison WI
Posts: 1,857
Liked 21 Times on 12 Posts

I use black XL tshirts to cover my carboys.
Jason 'Kornkob' Robinson

I wanna move to Theory. Everything works in Theory.

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Heart of Darkness Clone from AHS? HarkinBanks Recipes/Ingredients 7 10-01-2013 05:34 PM
Dungeon of Darkness Brewery everfrost Label Display & Discussion 9 02-07-2009 01:16 PM
DTV darkness farmbrewernw General Chit Chat 38 01-12-2009 12:23 AM
darkness? endlesssurf Extract Brewing 8 11-25-2008 03:45 PM
Light?? Or Darkness?? Leedawggy78 General Techniques 7 02-07-2008 11:31 PM

Forum Jump