Originally Posted by hillhousesawdustco
Color can be pretty subjective too- maybe the secondary carboy is a slightly different tint? Simplistic, yeah, but it always amazes me how much darker a carboy look than the hydrometer sample or a pint.
You're right about the subjectivity. Also, the carboy has a wider diameter than that of a glass or hydrometer jar, more color compounds to diffract/absorb the wavelengths that I've perceived to disappear. However, comparing the light copper color that I saw before in my carboy to the dark amber or light brown that I see now (it is the same color as my mirror pond clone and I used no crystal malt), it has definitely darkened.
It smells fine.