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Offline mterm

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Who left the light on...
« on: March 17, 2010, 05:22:51 AM »
I brewed an IPA two weeks ago. It spent a week in the primary and this Saturday it will be a week in the secondary (a glass carboy with a fermentation heater). Last night the light in the room that it was stored in was left on for about 8-10 hours it was an 60 watt energy saving  compact fluorescent lamp. I know that beer does not like light is it possible that I screwed up this batch... ???


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Re: Who left the light on...
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2010, 07:16:02 AM »
You will most likely be fine. Compact fluorescent lamps give off a very low amount of UV light, which is why I think you will be fine. Not only are you saving the enviornment, your also saving your beer from harmful UV rays... d:

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Re: Who left the light on...
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2010, 07:37:42 AM »
you are golden.
The light  with  greatest effect on photo sensitivity  is UV.
One  12 hour period is pretty insignificant anyway.

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Re: Who left the light on...
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2010, 10:40:44 AM »
Nope, I think you're safe...florescents don't do as much damage to your little fartin' buddies as incandecents or sunlight.
JUST DON'T DO IT AGAIN!!! ;)
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Re: Who left the light on...
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2010, 12:17:52 PM »
Thanks for the good news...when I racked it over I tested it and it tasted pretty good I would have hated to have to dumped it out...

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Re: Who left the light on...
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2010, 08:43:00 PM »
If it was bad it would taste/smell skunky.  The UV reacts with alpha acids to make them bind to some other molecules in the wort.  The net result is the same molecule that makes a skunk stink.

It's the same reason you should never by a beer in a green glass that has sat under the lights in the cooler at the market.  If you have to have it buy it in the box.   IMHO

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