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 Post subject: Homemade Candy Sugar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2017 9:28 pm 
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Making my own candy sugar for the first time! Going to use some in my Trappist single this weekend. Thanks to Jeremy D. for the suggestion.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Candy Sugar
PostPosted: Sat Feb 11, 2017 8:21 am 
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I've had success making light candy sugar using sugar + water + heat + acid, but when I tried to make it darker it had a burnt/metallic flavor.

Here's some info on making dark candy syrup. Looks promising. I'm going to give these methods a try and see if I can get anything similar to the commercial syrups.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/ ... pic=6702.0
http://ryanbrews.blogspot.com/2012/02/c ... -been.html

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Candy Sugar
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 2:27 pm 
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Moving the candi syrup/sugar discussion to this thread...

I've made several batch of this so far using a slightly modified version of the process Cesar linked to in the OVHA Bourbon Barrel Quad thread.

viewtopic.php?f=2&t=2539&start=15
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=114837

I used slightly different temperatures each time, but I think my favorite is:

2 lbs sugar
1 cup water
3/4 tsp pickling lime
2 tsp wyeast beer yeast nutrient (I don't have plain DAP)

1. Dissolve lime and yeast nutrient in water
2. Combine with sugar and heat over medium heat to 295 F (watch it carefully!)
3. Add 1 cup water
4. Bring back to 280 F
5. Add 1.5 cups water
6. Bring to 240 F (soft ball)
7. Immediately pour into a preheated quart mason jar. (preheat by boiling the jar as you would for canning)

I'll bring some samples to the meeting.

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Candy Sugar
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 5:07 pm 
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Excellent!! Does it have to go in mason jar? Can you just pour on parchment paper on a cookie sheet, let cool and crack?

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Candy Sugar
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2017 8:13 pm 
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This method makes a thick syrup, but I if you heat it up to the hard crack temp at the end (295 - 309 F) you could make hard candy.

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