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Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« on: November 21, 2012, 07:21:27 PM »
I am writing to ask what made this happen.  Admittedly I am new to brewing, as this is my 4th batch, but I have never heard of this happening.

I brewed an Belgian Imperial IPA.  The temperature in the carboy was a little warmer than I wanted at 74*, so I thought I would wait to pitch the yeast till it dropped.  In the meantime I went ahead and aerated with pure O2 for 60 seconds.  About 5 minutes later I looked at the carboy and the wort was almost totally black! 

I assumed it was because of the O2, so I immediately pitched the yeast (since it is OK up to 76*).  It has since cleared back up to it's approximately 9 SRM.

But this is a puzzle.  What happened?

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Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2012, 07:50:54 PM »
I heard of this happening but can't remember the forum I read it on. Try searching for it.
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Re: Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2012, 08:13:38 PM »
Probably just the trub that was in there dropping out.  It didn't have anything to do with the O2.
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Re: Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2012, 08:34:47 PM »
Probably just the trub that was in there dropping out.  It didn't have anything to do with the O2.

Well I could see this if it was just darkened, but this was black.  And then it turned back to its normal orangeish yellow shortly after.

Also I did do a search but it just referred to a post fermentation and permanent blackening. 

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Re: Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2012, 08:35:39 PM »
What do you use as a sanitizer?
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Re: Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2012, 08:41:04 PM »
What do you use as a sanitizer?

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Re: Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2012, 09:18:42 PM »
Hmmm... I thought maybe if you used iodine-based sanitizer you were just getting a starch rxn.
Could me just the trub settling and reflecting more less light, thus making it seem darker.
Let it sit and see what happens perhaps?
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Re: Wort turned black within 5 minutes
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2012, 09:26:11 PM »
Like I said above, a little darkening wouldn't be remarkable--turning black was.  Well it is in the fermentation kegerator now, looking like it should.  Hopefully it was just a weird fluke and nothing will come of it.

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