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Alright folks I have never seen this happen before.  My brewbuddy and I were making a 22 gallon batch of simple beer. 55lbs marris otter, 3lbs cara pils, 1 lbs of british malt with 5 oz simcoe and 3 oz of cascade.  We transferred to the kegs and the beer was light in color in which we expected.  Then transferred the last little bit of the grain mash to a carboy and the wort was red,red, and red.  Why did this happen and is this common?


Did the color look different when poured into the same/shape glass? Everything looks darker in a carboy because light has to pass through much more of the beer before it gets to your eyes. You can't tell what a beer is going to look like in the glass based on what it looks like in a carboy.

Trying to understand why you are going from a keg first then to a carboy, unless you are talking about the keg being you kettle? If you are looking at a clear glass carboy with 5 gallons of beer the color is going to be different than your pint glass or hydrometer flask or sight glass or whatever simply because the amount of light that has to pass through the total volume of beer. A 5 gallon carboy is not indicative of the color of the finished beer in your glass.

We had everything done and were putting in the conical fermentors, instead of wasting any of the wort we could get out of the last bit of the mash we decided to see what we could capture in a 5 gallon carboy after we filled up the 22 gallon fermentor.  Just trying something different to see what was left in the grains after the mash.  I know the color would be different, but it was extremely darker.  Hope this helps, Im sure the FG will be less and looking forward to it for taste, just couldnt understand the major difference in color.

It can be surprisingly darker.  A Pilsner I brewed once was a deep red in the carboy.  Turned out the normal golden color in the glass.


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