Some darkening could occur by oxidation during the transfer of hot wort, but I agree with the earlier posters that what you are seeing is due to the change in vessels.
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My club is a 501c7, and while it's the right call for us, it's not without potential issues. First and foremost, your revenue needs to come only from members. Outside income cannot exceed 5% of your annual amount. In practice this means you can't raise any money from public events, or sell merchandise outside of your membership. If you run a competition, entry fees from non-members are"outside income". Sponsorship is also. It's brutal staying under that 5% limit.
You're probably going to need a lawyer to draft all of the documents you need to satisfy the IRS. I don't remember them all but there's about half a dozen. We spent just over $1000 in legal fees.
I've had several club members ask me whether we should enroll in this. To date, I have responded to them that I didn't see a particular need. There is no social host liability in Maryland, and most of our events are at members' homes, or at other venues where we are invited to do demonstrations and where I believe the property owner's liability insurance would apply to anything that happens.
But, I'm an insurance claim guy, and before I can give any of our members what I think is a reliable answer, I would need to see the policies, both the general/liquor liability policy and the D&O policy. I haven't been able to find it...are they available for review?
Martin, Would the AHA insurance that was just proprosed protect the officers?
you say to tossed the grains in, poured 150 degree water and walked away. did you stir well before walking away? this is a recipe for dough balls which will kill your efficiency. did you notice any dry areas when dumping your grain?