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An off-flavor produced by the reaction of isomerized hop alpha acids in beer with light.

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Does skunking only occur after fermentation starts or finishes?

I've had discussions with other home brewers who claim that a bi-product (which I've admittedly since forgotten what exactly it was) of fermentation conflicts with the hops to cause skunking of beer. ...
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What does skunked beer taste like, How would you describe skunked beer?

I'm aware of what skunking is and how it occurs (Skunking Beer Process). But what does it taste/smell like? Are we talking a smell/taste like the plant or the animal? :D Also I rather not ruin a beer ...
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Why are green bottle less favoured? [closed]

I'm reading a lot about people not liking green/clear bottles and going for brown bottles, which I believe is traditional and correct in regards to protection from UV/Daylight. But why is it such an ...
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Light & fermenting

Soooo, I know that sunlight is harmful to beer. I am bottling into brown glass, so that part is covered. But for primary fermenting, I'm using a clear glass carboy, and I'm keeping that in a closet. ...
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Is this fluorescent light harming my beers during bottle conditioning and storage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How much light is too much light? I've read most of the posts about skunking and fluorescent lights, and from what I can tell it would take quite a bit of light to skunk ...
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How much light is too much light?

I generally like to let my fermented beer sit in the primary fermenter for a couple of hours in the kitchen (where I bottle) to give any sediment a chance to settle to the bottom of the carboy. I ...
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Does skunking alter the preservative capabilities of hops?

We all know letting beer sit in the light for some time without any shield is a bad idea due to the flavor and aroma that are produced, but are there any other effects? Is a skunked beer more ...
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light sources and skunking beer

Do normal incandescent lights cause skunking?
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What is skunking?

Doing a bit of reading about the effect light can have during fermentation & came across the term 'skunking'. What is skunking? What happens to the beer and how do you know if you've skunked a ...
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Light control during brewing process

From what point in the brewing process do you need to be concerned about light skunking the beer? Only after the fermentation has started? Or right from the start? From doing a bit of research on the ...
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Should I worry about CFLs (Compact Fluorescent Lamps) skunking my beer?

Particularly when racking from primary to secondary and then again into the keg.
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Skunking beer process

How fast does beer skunk, in the bottle or out? I have heard people claim their IPA gets skunky in the glass as they drink it on the sunny patio. I have also left a sixer of beer on a shelf on my ...
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Is it safe to use swing-tops?

I just started brewing my first batch (yay!) and want to set up for bottling while I wait. My question is simple: Can I start using Swing-Tops like Grolsch to bottle my beer? I've heard varying ...