Originally Posted by ohrinet
I'm starting to think that temperature change won't skunk a beer, and that it is only light that skunks it. I've always wanted another opinion on this though.
I agree with you. Light interacts with the hops oils, and causes that skunky flavor. Beer stales faster with high temperatures, but it's not true that taking beer out of the fridge and putting it back in ruins it. I've heard that said before- I'm not sure if it comes from an old ad campaign or what- but I know my dad has told me not to ever take his PBR out of the fridge once it's in there, since that will skunk his beer.
I just laugh and leave his beer alone. But in my house, I've often taken beer out of the fridge, even whole kegs. I've kegged beer and put it in the kegerator, and realized it needs more age. So I take it out and leave it at room temperature for conditioning.
It might be true that extreme temperature changes, or extreme temperatures, will damage the beer. But I'm not putting it on the dashboard of my car in August, I'm just keeping it at room temperature and it's fine!