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Shahivann
03-10-2011, 02:38 PM
OK, very noob question. The thing is that I actually don't have any cupboard, closet or anything like that which would be large enough for my carboy. The carboy itself is not see through, so would it be enough to cover it with something lika a dark coloured towel, to at least protect it from direct light?

Chevette Girl
03-10-2011, 02:59 PM
Keeping your carboy out of direct sunlight and out of strong fluorescent light should be fine esepcially if it's a translucent rather than transparent carboy, but if you're really concerned, warpping it with a dark towel should be enough.

I've never had a problem with using white plastic buckets, a week or two in the middle of the sunny kitchen never seemed to hurt anything, and my carboys sit under a countertop (equivalent to a cupboard with no doors), and my wine shelf is directly in a window so I've hung a tablecloth over the half of the window that might shine directly on the wine, but I've never bothered covering any of my carboys specifically. One of these days I'll split a batch and leave one in the sun to see what it does to the taste...

Grymmditch
03-10-2011, 03:11 PM
That should be more than fine.
I'm brewing two small 1lb batches now, in glass "carboys" (jugs); I just wrap a towel around them, it keeps the light out, and they just sit on a countertop. My first batch worked beautifully like this.

mmclean
03-10-2011, 06:05 PM
I use a dark T-shirt. Works great.

TheAlchemist
03-10-2011, 07:16 PM
I use a dark T-shirt. Works great.

Ha! What do you mean? You wear a dark T-shirt when you're making it?

Pack Mom
03-10-2011, 10:39 PM
I use a dark T-shirt. Works great.

All my carboys wear sweatshirts. Helps maintain heat generated from fermentation as well as reducing possible light damage.

skunkboy
03-10-2011, 10:42 PM
Ha! What do you mean? You wear a dark T-shirt when you're making it?

And dance widdershins around the carboy in the light of a gibbous moon! :-)

wy_white_wolf
03-10-2011, 11:30 PM
I saved the boxes that my carboys came in and set the carboys in them to keep out the direct light. Cut a door in one side to see in when I want and a small hole in the top to let the air lock stick out. I save the boxes from the cheap wine kits to use on 1 gallon fermentors.

WWW

schlapppy
03-11-2011, 12:02 AM
Ha! What do you mean? You wear a dark T-shirt when you're making it?

Not just any T-Shirt will do. This one (http://tinyurl.com/49tlc5s) is preferred. Check the reviews.

wayneb
03-11-2011, 12:04 AM
Not just any T-Shirt will do. This one (http://tinyurl.com/49tlc5s) is preferred. Check the reviews.

Oh, man! I've gotta get one of those to wear the next time I make a batch of my Wolf Moon! ;)

AToE
03-11-2011, 01:30 AM
That's awesome, this thread somehow already made me think of Three Wolf Shirt even before that post, I can't believe someone else made the same nearly-random connection!

wildoates
03-11-2011, 01:35 AM
Not just any T-Shirt will do. This one (http://tinyurl.com/49tlc5s) is preferred. Check the reviews.

Your mead will be under an enchantment of unsurpassed excellence for 7 years if you wear that shirt whilst brewing. :)

I also just cover them with thick black garbage bags, sans trash.

mmclean
03-11-2011, 04:16 AM
Oh, I have to get me one of them there, Three Wolf Tee Shirts. :D

Tiwas
03-11-2011, 05:10 AM
Ha! What do you mean? You wear a dark T-shirt when you're making it?

I'm pretty sure he's topless, as his shirt's on the carboy :o

Tiwas
03-11-2011, 05:12 AM
Your mead will be under an enchantment of unsurpassed excellence for 7 years if you wear that shirt whilst brewing. :)

I also just cover them with thick black garbage bags, sans trash.

So...you have to wear it until fermentation is done, until it's clear, or until you can drink it? I'm pretty sure it'll smell like...:eek:...even before 1/3 sugar break :p

TheAlchemist
03-11-2011, 09:43 PM
Not just any T-Shirt will do. This one (http://tinyurl.com/49tlc5s) is preferred. Check the reviews.

Love the wolves. Do you bottle on the Full Moon?

wy_white_wolf
03-11-2011, 11:17 PM
Oh, I have to get me one of them there, Three Wolf Tee Shirts. :D

Dang wife won't let me wear mine anymore.

TheAlchemist
03-15-2011, 05:46 PM
So, from what I'm reading around here, wine likes to be in the dark to keep its color.

I'm guessing this is why red wines come in green bottles!

Betelgeuse will definitely be bottled in green.

AToE
03-15-2011, 06:20 PM
It's also for safeguarding the taste and aroma, which is why better white wines tend to come in dark glass as well. I think the clear glass is purely to show off the product, because if I'm not mistaken whites are just as damageable by light as reds are? Maybe I'm remembering that wrong.