Iron in the water, ground spices, high temperatures, brown sugar added, oxidization due to oxygen exposure can cause the veggies to darken. If it looks good, smells good and tastes good, then it’s probably good to eat.
- Make sure your utensils and water don’t contain copper, brass or lead which can leach into your ferment and spoil it!
- Always make sure your veggies are under the brine
- If your senses tell you NO, then it’s ready for the compost heap. Rather start over to be safe.