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Old 08-07-2013, 12:51 AM   #11
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Incandescent is Ok.
I just watched the new Brewing TV episode( and I won't talk in this thread about whether I liked it or not) but they said that "skunking can happen in SECONDS". Seconds? Really?


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Old 08-07-2013, 01:24 AM   #12
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I've used about 150 Heineken bottles for over 10 years. Never 1 skunked beer in any of that time. I'm sure beer will skunk, but I have florecent lights in my dining room - where I ferment in clear glass carboys, and where I store my bottled beer - in green glass. Could happen I suppose, but it hasn't happened to me yet.

It's good to read and it's good to pay attention to what the folks on the message boards tell you, but don't paint your bottles man. Just keep your bottled beer away from direct sunlight.


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Old 08-07-2013, 04:43 AM   #13
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If skunking occurred in seconds, clear glass carboys wouldn't exist.

Just saying.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:33 AM   #14
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Well most keep glass carboys in the dark.


That black chalk board paint would be cool. Then you could write on them and wash it off for the next brew.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:48 AM   #15
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I'd bury them in the yard. Only way to be sure.....
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Old 08-07-2013, 01:04 PM   #16
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If skunking occurred in seconds, clear glass carboys wouldn't exist.

Just saying.
Beer can skunk in seconds, provided there is enough UV light hitting it. This means that in direct high intensity sunshine out on a patio a beer in a glass can skunk. Most people store their fermenting beer in closets/basements/places out of direct sunlight and uv sources. Also, I asked in a previous thread about if sunlight plus hops = skunk, why doesnt wort skunk during the boil. I learned that specific amino acids, etc need to be present as well which aren't available until fermentation has started.

It is all about minimizing exposure. Do not store carboys in direct sunlight and use incandescent light when possible and you should be ok.
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Old 08-07-2013, 02:06 PM   #17
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I'd bury them in the yard. Only way to be sure.....
You mean like this?

http://www.themadfermentationist.com...sure-mead.html

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Old 08-07-2013, 02:21 PM   #18
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Keeping them out of the sun is the obvious answer...but you could have a lot of fun painting them too! There is spray paint intended for glass out there. There's even reflective/mirror finish spray.
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Old 08-07-2013, 08:50 PM   #19
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I see a green bottle and I want to paint it black ... No skunking anymore I want to paint it black ...

Sorry - couldn't help myself.

While the whole thread seems to have resolve itself, I think a ceramic coating would be very cool, ala delirium tremens. Not sure what that would take, and it seems like a kiln is required.
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Old 08-08-2013, 12:17 AM   #20
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I've drank a lot of beer from glasses on hot sunny days for a long time. I've never had one skunk on me before I finished it.

It's not going to skunk in seconds unless you are pumping it past an industrial strength UV disinfection lamp.

It's not going to skunk in seconds, or minutes for that matter, on a hot sunny day. Maybe hours, and more than just two.

If you want, I'll offer up one of my stouts or ambers in a clear bottle as an experiment this weekend. Let me know how long you want it to sit in the sun.

EDIT: The stout is 32 IBU. The amber is 35 IBU.


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