View Full Version : Light on Glass Carboys

02-11-2007, 04:46 AM
I'm brewing both ales (light & dark) and meads, all in 6gal glass Carboys. They're sitting together on a shelf in a dim corner of my living room. They look very nice there and I really don't want to hide them away in a dark closet. How bad is it to expose my brews to ambient indoor light (they get no direct sunlight). The area is too dim to read in comfortably to give an idea.
:sign13: Thanks.

02-11-2007, 09:27 AM
i dont have much experience with the matter, but i would toss a blanket over them. i even have a blanket over the ones in my closet just in case.

do you mind posting the recipe for the witbier?

02-11-2007, 04:23 PM
Well, dark is best. The yeast will be happier in the dark and you'll avoid some unpleasant reactions between hops and UV light (this of course usually doesn't apply to meads). Sounds like you're probably fine the way you are--dim should be ok for the yeast and incandescent bulbs don't produce much UV (I'd say they don't emit any, but I'm not sure). If you haven't had any problems so far, don't worry about it.

02-11-2007, 04:24 PM
Thanks. I've posted the Belgian Wit in the recipe forum: http://www.gotmead.com/index.php?option=com_smf&Itemid=88&topic=5074.0
I think Ill keep those carboys where they are until I notice anything "off".

02-12-2007, 12:27 AM
The meads dont matter as much but i would suggest moving the beers to someplace dark. Even a small amount of light can create off flavors in hopped beverages and by the time you notice something "off" you're whole batch may be lost. As good as they may look on your shelf, i dont think its worth losing all your beer.

02-12-2007, 07:12 PM
Ok I'm convinced. My carboys are all wearing dark T-shirts now.

02-13-2007, 04:40 AM
Joe is right. The less light the better. I keep all of my meads, wines and beers in a nice dark environmnet. The yeast like it better, the beer, mead or wine like it better and you'll like it better when it's ready to drink.

Also consider that quality beer and wines are generally served in a glass with a tint aimed at filtering light selectively. (i.e. brown beer bottles, dark green wine bottles, etc.)