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    So I though I'd build a case to keep the mead out of the sun. All I did was cut the side out of a box I had used to move some books. I covered the hole which was the handle and taped it up, nice and secure. Then I placed it over my mead only to realize it was too short. So now I covered it with a pillow case and a paper bag on top of that.

    What do you use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CosmicCharlie
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    What do you use?
    I use a house with a roof.
    Joe

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    I'm thinking of making some "mead cozies" like they do for teapots... to fit my 1 gallon jugs. But a roof... I also use a house... although... if one was to put their mead outside to chill... a sunblock/shade would be needed.

    Suzy Q, Brewmistress

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    i use old towels for whatever carboys i cant shove in the back of one of my closets!

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    To keep my carboys dark and happy, I use an old T-shirt. I pin the neck closely around the neck of the carboy. It works great and I can toss it in the wash when I spill.

    All but one of my individual bottles are brown, and those are kept in my basement.


    David Baldwin
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    How does light affect the mead??
    Mine are in the kitchen which is mainly gloomy, with occasional artifical light when cooking. A week in, and the demijohns are going like the clappers.

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    Basement + roof works for me as well.

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    Sorry, I misunderstood your question. I thought it was kind of a weird question especially since cold stabilization wasn't mentioned. I don't use a sunblock or put my mead outside for cold stabilization. I use a Dark basement and a large refrigerator in the basement.


    Joe

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    Quote Originally Posted by exmoor_cat
    How does light affect the mead??
    Mine are in the kitchen which is mainly gloomy, with occasional artifical light when cooking. A week in, and the demijohns are going like the clappers.
    Not good. Fermentation is slower than in the dark and your yeast are a bit disappointed in you cause it hurts their eyes. Also flouresense lights cause the color to change over time and is not good for long term storage. Light causes a reaction in both mead and wine and even beer for that matter.
    Joe

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    I use large black plastic trashbags with a hole cut in the bottom seam where the trap fits through... These carboys started in the kitchen on a table that occasionally gets indirect sunlight through the windows and then moved to the basement where they would get lots of flourescent lighting exposure.

    I believe I saw somewhere that the biggest concern for exposure to sunlight occurs after fermentation stops and results in discoloration (browning) of the mead. As someone already mentioned, the yeast will do "better" in darkness but sunlight does not kill them or prevent fermentation, only slows it...

    I have a towel I have draped over the five yeast test gallon jugs that is easy to lift for examining and data taking...

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    Har-dee har. Since most houses have windows and artificial light (in addition to roofs), I was wondering how most of you protect it from light. I used to ferment in a closet, but I no longer have the space. So now they're sitting out and need protection.

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    Okay, I need a house with a basement... Or at least the walk in cooler that my wife wants to get me...

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    I have a "mead-house" which is a free standing building next to my house on my property. I ferment in there most of the time. During the summer I usually move the mead into my garage where it will stay cooler. I plan on putting a small A/C unit in the meadhouse next year to keep the temp at about 72 - 75 degrees for the summer months.

    I also drape/wrap the carboys in old towels, blankets, sheets, etc to take the top and bottom off of the temperature sine-waves.

    Cheers,

    Oskaar
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    I usually cut a hole in the bottom of the box that i had purchased my carboy in. This allows the air-lock to breath and lets minimal light into the carboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Idahoskunk
    I usually cut a hole in the bottom of the box that i had purchased my carboy in. This allows the air-lock to breath and lets minimal light into the carboy
    A most excellent idea for those who lack a dark place.
    Joe

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