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My home brew tastes skunk (light-stuck)

Does your homebrew have the stench/ smell of a skunk? It is a result of improper handling and storage of beverages (especially imported bottles). Hops react to riboflavin (from grain) under UV light to produce this skunk flavors. This is the reason why we keep the beers in dark bottles away from sunlight.

That being said, white wine is also very susceptible to UV light. In wine, it is called ‘goût de lumière’, which means the taste of light, especially in sparkling wine. In some light beers, patrons add a slice of lime before serving. This is to mask these skunk notes.

Ever wondered why Corona beer is served with lime? Imported beer in the clear glass gets skunk and citrus notes help mask the off-flavors.

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