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Offline davidgzach

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Sunlight On My IPA!
« on: January 07, 2014, 12:15:15 PM »
So I brought my IPA upstairs to dry hop and burn out at 68F in my dining room.  Totally forgot it was directly in the afternoon sunlight.  It's in a bucket.  Should I worry?

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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2014, 12:33:41 PM »
How long was it in the sun? Is it a white plastic bucket? I would think that the plastic would block anything harmful but will let others in the know chime in.

I am constantly moving my bucket around to keep it at the correct temperature. I have gotten in the habit of just covering it with a towel to block any light...

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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2014, 12:35:18 PM »
Since you have it in a bucket, you should be fine.
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2014, 12:39:32 PM »
1.) Better a bucket than a glass carboy. 2.) Worrying will not help.

Hopefully by this time you have it covered, it was not exposed for too long, and/or you actually enjoy the taste of Heinekens.

It will probably be fine, but if it isn't, you could submit the story line to Netflix for consideration in their
gritty new drama series....."Brewing Bad".

My friend is submitting his idea from when he ended up with negative pressure in his carboy that sucked dead flies back out of the blow off bucket creating a "Fly Hopped" Cream Ale.

Good luck!
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2014, 12:40:44 PM »
It's in a white fermentation bucket.  I usually put it in the shade but was in a rush and brain farted.  I have it behind my daughter's puppet stage now along with my Nut Brown that is in a glass carboy.  It was in the sun for maybe 3-4 hours Sunday and Monday.
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2014, 12:42:31 PM »

1.It will probably be fine, but if it isn't, you could submit the story line to Netflix for consideration in their
gritty new drama series....."Brewing Bad".

2.My friend is submitting his idea from when he ended up with negative pressure in his carboy that sucked dead flies back out of the blow off bucket creating a "Fly Hopped" Cream Ale.

Good luck!

1.  That is funny!   ;D
2.  That is nasty!   :o
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2014, 01:12:48 PM »
I wouldn't be worried with it being in a bucket... I have to believe UV light can't get past the bucket... at least not much... certainly less than a brown bottle.
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2014, 01:26:48 PM »
Probably fine and I think the reaction is immediate so you could smell it to find out. If it smells skunky, better get some limes!  :o
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2014, 04:53:53 PM »
UV light will pass through plastic quite easily. but opaque plastic not so much. you'll know it if it's a problem, give it a wiff does it smell like a Heineken?
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2014, 05:32:38 PM »
Smells like a bad ass IPA!!  I guess I'm OK.   8)
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #10 on: January 07, 2014, 05:48:23 PM »
That's the best kind of IPA !  I thought you'd be ok.
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #11 on: January 10, 2014, 10:32:15 AM »
I always try to remember to throw a dark colored tee-shirt over the top of my fermentation vessel (typically, a glass carboy) for just this very reason.

Glad to hear that the beer should ultimately turn out just fine!  Cheers.

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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #12 on: January 14, 2014, 05:56:07 PM »
A little story about how fast a well hopped beer can skunk:

I was hanging out with some friends getting ready to grill some food on a beautiful sunny day.  I poured myself an IPA and walked outside to fire up the grill. I set my glass on the deck railing (in direct sunlight), lit the grill, turned around and grabbed my beer, put it to my nose and it was skunked  >:( It was maybe 20 seconds!

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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #13 on: January 14, 2014, 06:13:32 PM »
A little story about how fast a well hopped beer can skunk:

I was hanging out with some friends getting ready to grill some food on a beautiful sunny day.  I poured myself an IPA and walked outside to fire up the grill. I set my glass on the deck railing (in direct sunlight), lit the grill, turned around and grabbed my beer, put it to my nose and it was skunked  >:( It was maybe 20 seconds!

Why would you need to put your beer down to light a grill.....
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Re: Sunlight On My IPA!
« Reply #14 on: January 14, 2014, 08:23:06 PM »
Haven't you ever heard "hold my beer and watch this"