Brewing a Pale Ale, the golden color in the Primary went into the Secondary and in 24 hours it turned completely black. I keep the carboys covered from light and stored at 68 to 72 degrees. The reading was at 1.0009. There was a small amount of Star San foam in the Secondary but they claim that it won't have any adverse effects, (don't fear the foam). The ale is very clear with nothing floating on the surface nor in suspension. The aroma is typically ale/hopish as usual with no off odor. The airlock is holding with a little activity every few minutes. Has this ever happened to anyone else? I know that they darken some while in the secondary, but mine went from a nice golden to black as coffee. I contacted my Brew Supplier with my recipe and the steps taken and they want me to send them a picture. The basic recipe was 6 Lbs. of L.M.E. and 4 Ozs. of Crystal 90 and 8 Ozs. Munich. Centennial and Cascade hops, Nottingham dry yeast. Thanks for any advice.
Cleared beer in a carboy always look darker than when it was fermenting.
Beer that has suspended particles in it, namely yeast, will reflect more light back at you making it seem lighter in color than it is. After you racked to secondary this stuff continued to settle out. Not to mention that primary fermentation coats the walls of a fermenter in a bit of yeast so the primary ferment if done in a clear vessel will seem lighter as well.