I built the sugar board according to Robo's specifications, except I didn't put the center tube in that he indicated could be omitted. I also heated the sugar mixture as directed and poured it in. It certainly is an impressive block of sugar!!!
One question -- is it normal for the block of sugar to have an amber color? It began taking on this hue when the temperature passed 275 degrees. It did not burn, as it was stirred almost constantly during the hour and a half long process.
As you can see, I've not done candymaking before. :)
I hope to install it this afternoon, along with pulling the apistan and menthol, and winterizing all around, because the temperature this afternoon is supposed to be about 60 degrees and that's the warmest day projected for a week. :( We've already had some freezes this fall, most recently down to the lower 20s for the past few nights. Summer is definitely over, and fall is waning fast.