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Old 06-21-2012, 03:38 PM   #11
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With proper o2 and the correct amount of yeast you will reach your goal gravity. All of my Belgian ales have used candi sugar and they all reach final gravity in 4-6 days of fermentation. Adding the candi sugar later seems like making something complicated that shouldn't be. Let your yeast do its job, they will go after all the sugar thats there! I also have found using yeast nutrients with my hi gravity Belgian ales helps a lot too!

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Old 06-21-2012, 03:52 PM   #12
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The Belgian candi syrup is not the same. It's an inverted sugar and lends flavors as well as fermentables to the brew.
I made hard candi sugar using water, cane sugar, and cream of tartar, so mine should be inverted as well. The instructions I followed can be found here.

From my searching it appears that the syrup vs hard is simply whether or not water is added at the end of the process before the sugar cools and hardens. Also, I found that using beet sugar instead of cane sugar might be closer to the real thing.
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I add all simple sugars and steeping grain liquor with about 5 minutes left in the boil.

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I made hard candi sugar using water, cane sugar, and cream of tartar, so mine should be inverted as well. The instructions I followed can be found here.

From my searching it appears that the syrup vs hard is simply whether or not water is added at the end of the process before the sugar cools and hardens. Also, I found that using beet sugar instead of cane sugar might be closer to the real thing.
Good article in the wiki! have to keep that in mind next time I need some.

From what I can gather, pure invert sugar tends not to crystallize. You can never get 100% conversion though. It's kind of like honey. It will eventually crystalize, but it takes a long time.

I never checked for availability of beet sugar where I am, but I imagine the difference between the 2 (beet vs. cane) isn't alot. Sucrose is sucrose.
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