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Old 11-16-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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I've heard that light ruins beer. If that is so, I guess I should cover my carboy with a paper bag, right?

 
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:32 AM   #2
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Yes. Or put it in a closet.

 
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:34 AM   #3
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The light causes the beer to become skunky, has something to do with the hops, but im sure someone elce will chime in with more info.
I use the box the carboy came in to keep mine covered.
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Old 11-16-2006, 02:34 AM   #4
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Yep.

Certain frequencies of light react with hop oils and "skunk" the beer. brown bottles block many of the rays but green or clear (like a carboy) let the majority through and can skunk beer in just a few hours.

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Old 11-16-2006, 02:48 AM   #5
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next time you buy a carboy (if you stick with the hobby you'll someday have a small army of them) save the box it comes in. trim off the bottom and cut a nice little square on top for a perfectly sized over-the-top-applied fermentation-lock carboy cover. do the same plus seam it top to bottom for a blowoff tube "hinged" cover.

 
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Old 11-16-2006, 03:13 AM   #6
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...next time you buy a carboy save the box it comes in... trim off the bottom and cut a nice little square on top for a perfectly sized over-the-top-applied fermentation-lock carboy cover...
That's a really good idea, but cardboard tears eventually...cover it with an old sweatshirt.
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:39 AM   #7
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That's a really good idea, but cardboard tears eventually...cover it with an old sweatshirt.
Yeah i just toss a couple of blankets on my carboy, also help to insulate it
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Old 11-16-2006, 04:45 AM   #8
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Yeah i just toss a couple of blankets on my carboy,
Just don't let your wife catch you rocking it to sleep at night.

 
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Old 11-16-2006, 09:59 PM   #9
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mine all have old teeshirts or flannels on them. the shirts with buttons are easier to put on and take off...
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Old 11-16-2006, 11:45 PM   #10
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I cover my carboy with a dark 35 gallon trash bag. I wrap it around the tank and tape it in place.

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