I purchased the make your own mold kit. Mold turned out great, same with sugar bottles. Only problem, after sitting for a day sugar beer bottles are sticky. What did I do wrong?
You didn't do anything wrong. If the air in your area is humid, the sugar or Isomalt will get sticky. What you want to do is to put the bottles in a tightly sealed container that has a desiccant or drying agent in it. The most common desiccant is Silica Gel. I sell food grade silica gel packets here, which would work very well for you.
I had the same problem this morning with my bottles. Is it too late to put them in a sealed container with silica? Will the silica absorb the moister already in the bottle or is it best to re-cast them?
Also, I used 1:1 sugar and corn syrup. I got tons of tiny little bubbles on the surface. It will probably be OK because it actually looks like condensation but I would like them super smooth. I cooked the sugar to 300. Waited unit it got to 280 and for the bubbles to settle, mixed in the brown liquid color, settled the bubbles again and then poured. Is this the correct procedure?
First, lets talk about corn syrup - it is a huge factor in causing your stickiness problem. I know there are some in our industry who think that adding corn syrup to sugar and to Isomalt helps to make a mixture that is clearer and more resistant to moisture but I gotta tell you that that is just not true. Corn Syrup is a powerful humectant and is used in recipes to add moisture to things and to add shelf life - why? .... Because it absorbs moisture right out of the air. Your recipe of half sugar and half corn syrup is way out of balance. The traditional ratio of sugar to corn syrup is three parts of sugar to one part of corn syrup. This will definitely help your stickiness problem but this recipe will always be very susceptible to humidity.
You can try putting your pieces in a container with silica gel packets, but sometimes if it has already become sticky, it dries and loses its shine.
I suggest that you use Isomalt if you want to something that is more resistant to humidity. It still can get sticky, but is way better than sugar and corn syrup mixtures.
Go to: www,MakeYourOwnMolds.com/Isomalt
Thanks Dominic. I took your advice and used a different ratio/recipe. They poured beautifully but still had the problem after being in the cake for just 2 hours. It worked out fine because it looked like condensation on the bottles. I wanted to share my photo it's at the link below. Next time, I will try isomalt. I just didn't have it available to me on short notice so I had to stick with the sugar. Thanks again. The video for the mold helped me out so much!
Great cake! Awesome job!