Gregles
Is there much difference between dark and light candi sugar in terms of taste?

I have all the ingredients for a belgian dubbel but ordered dark instead of light candi sugar. Other than colour will this have any great effect on the taste?
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denny
I have found that candi sugar, either light or dark, adds very little flavor to a beer.  Dark will have a bit more flavor than light, but neither will have a huge impact on your beer.  Candi syrup works a LOT better for me.  For light candi sugar you can just sub table sugar and never notice the difference.
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Pinto
denny wrote:
I have found that candi sugar, either light or dark, adds very little flavor to a beer.  Dark will have a bit more flavor than light, but neither will have a huge impact on your beer.  Candi syrup works a LOT better for me.  For light candi sugar you can just sub table sugar and never notice the difference.


Agree with denny - Solid candi sugars do little for flavour, whereas the syrups do. In this instance, perhaps subbing In a darker, more flavourful sugar like muscovado might do the trick? 
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Robert

The colour will be a bit wrong. The taste hardly at all (I thought Dubbel required dark candi though?).
For light Candi sugar just substitute granulated sugar. Belgian sugar is made from sugar beet, whereas UK sugar is made from sugar cane but there won't be any difference in flavour for the highly refined light versions. If you're in the camp that believes sucrose causes odd flavours because the yeast needs to secrete enzymes to invert it you can invert it yourself, see below. Golden Syrup also works as a substitute for light candi.
I wouldn't use Muscovado in lieu of dark candi because dark cane sugar contains molasses, dark Candi sugar made from beets is just dark because of caramelisation and maillard reactions. This is the difference between British (Ragus) brewing sugars and Belgian. No impurities in beet sugar because of the bad tastes.

Follow guide for making brewers No. 1 to make light candi substitute
http://www.unholymess.com/blog/beer-brewing-info/making-brewers-invert

Dark Candi:
http://ryanbrews.blogspot.co.uk/2012/02/candy-syrup-right-way-hint-weve-been.html

Or the easier (but not wholly correct) way
https://joshthebrewmaster.wordpress.com/2010/11/27/how-to-make-belgian-candi-sugar/

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Robert
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