Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP 400
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.00
Original Gravity: 1.053
Final Gravity: 1.008
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 10 days
5 Lbs. Belgian Pilsner
4 1/2 White Wheat.
1/2LBS. Clear Candi Sugar.
1 oz. Hersbrucker---60 min.
1/4 oz. Bitter orange peel---- 15 min
1/4oz. Coriander----15 min.
mashed in at 152 with a little under 3 gallons for 60 min.
Sparged with 5 gallons at 170.
this was my first all grain beer, and it was very, very good.
Here is how to make your own candi sugar, I used it this last time and had good results, no since in wasting money.
First off, you're going to need some sugar. Nothing fancy, just plain sugar. Second ingredient is some citric acid. If you have citric acid, great - if not, some lemon juice will be perfect too.
We're going to make a syrup out of your two ingredients so, you guessed it, we're gonna need to cook this up. Now, don't get excited and start digging out your brewpot and burner ... some Medium heat and a smooth-bottomed pan of some sort on the stove should do just fine. Put about 1 cup of sugar and 1 TSP of lemon juice (or pinch of citric acid) together over medium heat and stir (and keep stirring). The sugar will eventually start to melt. This is the part where you need to pay attention and know what style of syrup you're after. I was after a very light one, so I just barely let the sugar turn the palest of yellowish-brown. If you're making a darker beer, let it go a bit more but DO NOT let it burn or, worse, catch fire. Please!
When the sugar is at the right doneness, scrape it from the pan onto an aluminum foil covered surface. Take care as this is HOT and sticky. Not a good combination for exposed skin. Let this cool and harden up. Eat some if you want, it's not great.
Once the sugar is cool, you will need to re-add this to a pan over medium heat and add some water to achieve a consistency somewhere between maple syrup and honey. Let this come to a boil if you want and, voila! - candi sugar syrup the way the Belgian brewers do it.