OK...now I am confused. After searching this forum and posting questions I felt quite comfortable making solid sugar bricks in preparation for winter. I have made about 20 solid candy bricks by combining 5lb sugar with just over a cup of water and heated it to 240-245F without any caramelization. I then poured it in an aluminum cake pan to cool. White, solid 5 lb sugar brick.
Today I was at a local bee supply and hive care education shop. The owner operator has a Master Beekeeper Certificate displayed on the wall and she states she has been keeping hives locally for 7 years. She runs beekeeping courses, does one on one hive care and inspection, education and extracts honey for folks who don't want to extract their own honey.
She doesn't feed over the winter. She wraps her hives in tar paper and says good night. I mentioned that I had made up some sugar bricks. She looks horrified and tells me I will kill my bees if I feed it to them over winter! She was going on and on about not boiling sugar syrup...apparently it changes he chemistry of the sugar and kills bees. I must admit I do not boil my 1:1 or 2:1 sugar syrup when I make it up. The sugar bricks I made have no caramelized sugar...just translucent clear syrup that is liquid and hardens when cooled.
Have I misunderstood several people who kindly shared their tried and true sugar brick recipes (not whipped up like fondant...just poured from the pot)? Is this certified beekeeper instructor two sheets to the wind?
Clarification would be appreciated...I am reluctant to cook up more until I hear back from folks on this list.