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Old 10-11-2009, 07:46 AM   #1
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So, I brewed a double ipa two weeks ago. It spent two weeks in primary, and I transferred it to the secondary two days ago. When I did the transfer it was a nice amber color. Now two days later, it's very dark. like porter dark. Any idea why its color would change like that? I'm just curious, I'm totally gonna rdwhahb.


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Old 10-11-2009, 01:25 PM   #2
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This sounds like an odd one.

I found this here on HBT:


It might have some info for you. You wouldn't happen to have before and after photos would you I am very curious as to how dark it got.

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Old 10-11-2009, 01:26 PM   #3
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Small stuff settling out makes the beer look darker in the carboy. Pull a sample and you'll get a better idea of the actual color.
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:03 PM   #4
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It looks darker because there's no yeast floating in it to reflect light...this is a good thing.

It's when it stays cloudy you have a problem.
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Old 10-11-2009, 04:06 PM   #5
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I would agree. Most beer will change color over time, often becoming darker as they clarify. As long as the SRM is w/in range of the style I wouldn't worry much about it.

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Old 10-11-2009, 04:07 PM   #6
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+1 to most of the previous posts explanations.

I get hamered sometimes and forget which beer is where. How many you got on?
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Old 10-11-2009, 06:42 PM   #7
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Yep, suspended yeast and anything else in suspension will reflect light making the beer look lighter. It will darken as the stuff settles out. It will generally get clearer and darker over time.

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Old 10-11-2009, 07:10 PM   #8
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It is amazing how much darker the beer looks in a carboy once the yeast settles out of it, than before it settles. I am amazed everytime when I see the beer flowing through the racking cane when I transfer. It is always alot lighter than I thought.
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