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Old 02-08-2012, 06:06 PM   #1
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Default Candy Sugar The Right Way (hint we've been doing it wrong)

Im not going to get too far into this here (too much to retype + pics + tables that i really dont know how to add to a post here on HBtalk), but I will say that the way we (myself included) have all been doing candy sugar isnt the right way. Well that is if you want something more like D2, if you like burnt sugar keep doing it the same old way.

Normally I wouldn't start a thread about a blog post I've done but I think this is a very important topic and could really help out a lot of homebrewers make better beers. If I've got you at all intrigued click the link below to continue to read on (be prepared for a long read!) + tables and pics

http://ryanbrews.blogspot.com/2012/0...weve-been.html

I'm interested in what people think, so read up and lets get the discussion going!!

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Wow, that is really detailed. Congrats on being thorough.

I think I'll keep buying mine though.

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Old 02-08-2012, 06:21 PM   #3
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You need to fix the link. It is broken.


Also, I appreciate the effort you went to here, but I think more important than "cooking time" which can vary quite dramatically due to atmospheric and equipment conditions, it would be useful to have accurate temperature readings of the solution. Also, "1 cup sugar" means different things to different people. Weight would be more consistent.


All that aside, I think the details you put together will really help with homemade candy syrup. I know I'm going to spend some time working on this pretty soon, and I appreciate all the work you've done to help guide others along a better path.

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It's fixed now. Good article, thanks!

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Also, I appreciate the effort you went to here, but I think more important than "cooking time" which can vary quite dramatically due to atmospheric and equipment conditions, it would be useful to have accurate temperature readings of the solution. Also, "1 cup sugar" means different things to different people. Weight would be more consistent.
I knew the temp issue would come up, but when I did this, I went about it in a manner that I thought most people could just do with minimal equipment. I have a candy thermometer, but I dont think most people do

To reemphasize what I said at the bottom of the post, flavor development will be specific to your stove, pot, etc, so you should do a small test batch (just like I outlined) before you go all in. I should also mention that when increasing the batch size you should increase all ingredients EXCEPT the Lime
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Along those same lines, this is how I have been doing it and it seems to work quite well:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/20-l...trient-114837/

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Along those same lines, this is how I have been doing it and it seems to work quite well:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/20-l...trient-114837/
Not to disparage the way your going at it, but this seems to be the way we have always done it. Ive tried it by the method in the link, and, to me at least, the underlying flavor throughout that type of syrup is burnt sugar ala creme brulee.

When using lime, none of those flavors develop. Instead intense chocolate flavors (like a tootsie roll) seem to dominate. Raising the pH of the sugar syrup also corresponds more with what is done in beet sugar processing as well.
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That was very informative. It seems we just need to think up a source of amino acids that could easily be added.

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That was very informative. It seems we just need to think up a source of amino acids that could easily be added.
Yah, I think one of the things that I will do in the near future is retry this using an unrefined sugar. Hopefully all the extra stuff in there should increased the depth of flavor
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Looking at your picture of the varying methods, it appears that the DAP ones are burnt. I have made Snickasaurusrex's a few times and had a problem the first time, only because the candy thermometer was 50F off the real temperature. After using a decent thermometer I have no problems getting fantastic flavor from the DAP method. I have had no problem making clear, light, amber, deep amber or sugar #5 (no burnt sugar). I also made sure to keep the heat at med-low to medium.

And I am not trying to say the DAP method is right, just your results greatly differ from mine and the pictures in that thread.

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