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Old 06-08-2010, 05:04 AM   #1
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So whats the deal with this stuff? Normally I just use table sugar, but I decided to give this a shot in my Belgian I brewed last week, so I won't know the results for a month or so.

Personally, I think this is nothing more than Light Brown Sugar. It looked and smelled exactly the same.

http://morebeer.com/view_product/760...an_Candi_Sugar

http://darkcandi.com/bl.html

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Old 06-08-2010, 01:38 PM   #2
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Whereas brown sugar is brown because it has impurities from the sugar still in it (or sprayed back onto it) candi sugar is refined sugar that is dark because it has been caramelized. I didn’t get much character from the soft candi sugar, the dark candi syrup on the other hand has much more flavor/color and gives results that I’m happier with. What sort of Belgian recipe did you use it in?

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The recipe is for an Orval-ish beer. I'm doing this from Memopry so this is 90% accurate.

8.5 LBS German Pilsner
1.5 LBS Caravienne
1 LBS Blond Soft Belgian Candi Sugar

1.25 oz Perle @ 60min
1.25 oz EKG Dry Hop

Ferment with WLP568 Belgian Style Saison Ale Yeast Blend
Pitch in Secondary WLP650 Brettanomyces bruxellensis

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Sounds tasty to me, seems like a fine sugar choice for the beer (although cane/corn would have been fine as well). I just did something along the same general lines, 4.5 lbs pils, 2 lbs wheat malt, 2 lbs Vienna to 1.042, 32 IBUs of Saaz with a small addition ~ 10 min, fermenting with 550 and Brett B in primary as I type. Might toss some dry hops in the keg in a couple months when I put it on tap.

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Here's the actual beersmith report.


Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 8.06 gal
Estimated OG: 1.057 SG
Estimated Color: 6.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 32.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
8 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (1.6 SRM) Grain 77.27 %
1 lbs 8.0 oz Caravienne Malt (22.0 SRM) Grain 13.64 %
1.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [6.10 %] (Dry Hop 7 dHops -
1.25 oz Pearle [7.50 %] (90 min) Hops 32.5 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [6.10 %] (15 min) (ArHops -
1 lbs Candi Sugar, Amber (5.0 SRM) Sugar 9.09 %
1 Pkgs Belgian Saison Blend (White Labs #WLP568) Yeast-Ale
1 Pkgs Brettanomyces Bruxellensis (Wyeast Labs #3Yeast-Ale


Mash Schedule: Two Dogs, Mashout, Batch Sparge (PRIMARY)
Total Grain Weight: 10.00 lb
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Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash Add 3.10 gal of water at 163.4 F 149.0 F
15 min Mashout Add 1.81 gal of water at 207.4 F 168.0 F

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