Zech wrote:Fermenting bucket in the conservatory not such a good idea for beer, then?
gregorach wrote:Certainly not ideal... I'd wrap it in something to protect it from both the light and temperature fluctuations. Definitely protect it from the light - the compounds produced by the photodegradation of hop acids are very similar to some of the components of skunk musk, and are noticeable at very low levels.
gregorach wrote:Actually, I'd move it somewhere else entirely... Certainly wouldn't leave it there come summer - fermenting beer can easily reach several degrees centigrade above the ambient temperature, so in a warm conservatory, it's almost certainly going to get warm enough to start producing strange flavours, and could conceivably get hot enough to actually kill the yeast.
(I should perhaps warn you that I have a fairly sophisticated programmable temperature control system that can regulate my fermentation temperature to better than +/- 0.1 degree C... Just so you know where I'm coming from. )
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