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Old 09-10-2012, 12:49 AM   #1
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Default pumpkin ale turned Black in carboy

i got the Northern Brewer pumpkin ale kit awhile back. after reading reviews about it and on this forum, i decided to add more pumpkin pie spice to the secondary. in the primary it had an amber/orange color. now it turn black while in secondary.
could it be infected? why else would it turn black?

i tried searching on here but couldnt find anything.


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Old 09-10-2012, 01:14 AM   #2
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It's clearing, relax. (it's not really black)


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Old 09-10-2012, 02:02 AM   #3
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It's clearing, relax. (it's not really black)
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:41 PM   #4
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when will i start to see a change?
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Old 09-11-2012, 11:28 PM   #5
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Can you take a picture? What makes you think it is black? what color was it when you started?
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Old 09-12-2012, 02:34 AM   #6
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ill post a picture of it tomorrow. the color of it is just black after i put it in secondary. its been in there since the 3rd of september
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It's clearing, relax. (it's not really black)
I third this. Yeast dropped out, nothing to reflect the light now. It will be lighter in the glass.
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Was it in a bucket before, and then you transferred to a clear secondary. Most beers will look like this. The white bucket and cloudiness early in fermentation make them look bright. Once they are clear, which they are after a couple weeks in the primary they look super dark. Its hard for light to pass through the beer so it looks darker than it is. It's like looking at a glass of beer vs. holding it up to the light.
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My pumpkin ale was based off an Amber Ale and is quite dark and has been since I brewed it. I think the grains were quite dark though. I've attached a pic of it in the secondary.
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Stab in the dark here. Do you sanitize with iodophor? Maybe some residual sanitizer is interacting with some unconverted starches from the pumpkin. Iodine + starch ='black(ish)


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