Skunking by Outside Boil

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  1. Nosybear

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    Just dumped the first hop charge into my Dry Dock Brewery USS Enterprise IPA clone, outside boiling away in the bright Colorado sun when it occurred to me: Hops and wort in the sunshine. Skunking! I went out to some other forums and no one seemed too concerned. I am. I dump brews for minor flaws. So a question: Any opinions or experience with this? I'm not too concerned because I've been brewing outside for quite a while and have never had problems, it's just a nagging little thought....
     
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    I could be wrong but I'm thinking beer only turns skunky after its alcohol not at the wort stage
     
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    Ya, I've never read anything about skunking beer prior to it be completed.
     
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    Really? I'd be happy to drink up any minor-ly flawed brews that you would rather dump. :D
     
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    I've been told that.... Oh well, I think I answered my own question. I've finished the brew day and can detect no sign of skunking in the wort. I didn't even think of it, that the bright, UV-rich Colorado sun was shining directly into my kettle until I'd dumped the hops in. Did I say UV-rich? We don't need no stinking beaches - we get 2x the UV as sea level. But it ended well. Thanks for the input guys!

    Now off to the inaugural meeting of the Brew Hut's homebrew club....
     
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    If I recall skunking is the reaction of the alpha acids from the hops and UV light, so in theory a hopped wort could become skunked. However I believe the boil time is far to short for any real skunking to occur. If you are really worried you could always get a patio umbrella. :D
     
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    Yup patio umbrella and a pair of flip flops! February sunshine is always welcome in the rockies!!
     
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    We need a like button! :lol:
     
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    Love Dry Dock , get all my stuff from the Brew Hut.
    I have never had a problem with brewing in the sunshine here in Colorado. It always makes a Great brew day.
    Just did a Brown Ale, every thing went very good. Hit all my temps and Gravity readings on the head.
    Sun felt good as I brewed.
    What a Great Day to make a Brew, I am very happy to day.
     
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    Russ, I'll drink to that. Have you heard of our budding brew club? Next meeting is at 6:30 the first Sunday in April.
     
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    I would love to visit your brew club. How about some info? So far I am a lone brewer and probably would be a better one if I has some other brewers to get with.
     
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    Nosybear, I would love to join other brewers. As of now I am a lone brewer and would benefit from other's experience. More info please.
     
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    posted 3 times ...lets see if this one works.
    would love to check out your brew club Nosy, More into please.
     
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    ohh jez...all my posts went to a second page. didn't expect that
     
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    Popular thread. We'll meet next time the first Sunday in April at 6:30 p.m. Bring some of your homebrew. We have a sharing session afterward. Otherwise, we're so new we don't have a name.
     

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