Can ordinary white sugar be used as a retarder for a concrete mix?
Yes, but it is more advisable to use a commercial admixture with known properties supplied by a reputable producer. Tests have shown that 0.05 percent (by weight of cement) of a refined granulated sugar included in a normal mix will retard setting by approximately 4 hours, increase the 7- and 28-day compressive strengths by about 8 percent, and give a more workable mix.