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DIY co2 caramel brown sugar

here im not getting molasses brown sugar, im getting caramel brown sugar. will that do for my diy co2? or is it same?
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I've never heard of caramel brown sugar, I understood that brown sugar was sugar with molasses still in it. :shrug:

Anyway, if it does matter, you could always get some molasses and mix it with white sugar, more effort and roundabout, but same stuff.
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Here is the link: http://www.in.all.biz/g21133/ its called demerara sugar
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Ah! That's caramelized sugar. That basically means it's been cooked some. It's not so much brown sugar as it is browned sugar, you know, like the browned ground beef that some folks put in dishes such as chili?
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well will it work for diy co2 if mixed with white sugar?
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I don't think there'd be any point mixing lightly cooked white sugar (demerara) with uncooked white sugar.

If you want to approximate brown sugar you'll need to add molasses to white sugar.

white sugar + molasses = brown sugar

white sugar + heat = demerara sugar (which happens to be brown in color)

I've never done DIY yeast, but if you're trying to follow a recipe that calls for brown sugar and can't find it, you could follow these instructions to make it out of white sugar and molasses.

Cooking (or caramelizing) white sugar will make sugar brown in color, but it won't make brown sugar. To do that you need molasses, not heat.
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To make demerara sugar, sugar producers press sugar cane and steam the juice of the first pressing to form thick cane syrup. The cane syrup is allowed to dehydrate, leaving behind large golden brown crystals of sugar.
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Natural brown sugar [demerara] is brown sugar made by partially refining sugar cane extract, whereas most brown sugar is made by adding molasses to fully refined sugar.

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See the difference?
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The same stuff is sold in the US under the name Sugar in the Raw, if I'm not mistaken. It's just sugar, it will work fine. Are you trying a recipe that calls for brown sugar specifically?

Most people here use white sugar, baker's yeast, and a bit of baking soda (sodium bicarbonate) as a buffer. If that is the type of recipe you're trying to do, just use whichever is cheaper, white sugar or demerara sugar, the yeast will process it in much the same way and without much (any?) additional waste.

ETA: Apparently demerara and turbinado (the Sugar in the Raw that I mentioned) are only very slightly different, taken out of refinement at slightly different points so that they crystallize differently. As long as you get the large grains fully dissolved it shouldn't matter which type you use.
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yeast use glucose as food and their waste is co2. as long as what you're using has glucose, you're good.

so anything made of sugar cane is applicable.

fruits are applicable as well.


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ok thanks guys. in wiki its written that demerara sugar is sugar thats not refined so i guess ti should work lets see. my white sugar diy is on since 2 days but nothing has yet come out. waiting for 1 more day then will try with this.
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ok thanks guys. in wiki its written taht semerara sugar is sugar thats not refined so i guess ti should work lets see. my white sugar diy is on since 2 days but nothing has yet come out. waiting for 1 more day then will try with this.
I guess bad yeast or a leak, not the sugar. There is no point in using more expensive sugars.

Check for leaks. Also, hydrating the yeast when the water is too hot is a common problem. It kills the yeast.
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what should the water temp. be? mine was i guess 38-40C.
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