It looks really red because it is wet I think, but the piece was kinda red anyways. I tried boiling one side of it in my pot, but when I tried to flip it over to boil the other side, it didn't fit....lol So I boiled one side for 1 hour and looks like I got brown soup. But at least the log sinks now. So I will just boil that one end every now between soaks of hot water that I change many times a day. Water is still yellow...but I can live with that, maybe.