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Update on honey

Thanks to “M’s” wife, who keeps me right

Bubbles are not due to fermentation, but possibly due to air bubbles through spinning during extraction.  Where the apiary is, there is not much OSR and the honey is behaving more like blossom honey.  If it were fermentation, apparently, it is noticeable as you get bubbles forming right through the honey that expand and leak out of the jar. It would also smell slightly alcoholic, rather than yeasty.  She has only ever seen fermentation in granulated honey (e.g. OSR or cherry) that has been stored for a few months in a warm place. She advises that honey is best stored below 11oC to prevent fermentation, but not in the fridge.

Click here for more info on honey extraction.


Pollen Source for July in Kemnay

Blackberry, Gorse, Rosebay, Lime, Raspberry, Ivy, Heather, Poppy, Clover, Honeysuckle

Top Tip:

Fill up your honey jars to the top

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Ensure you have enough sugar syrup/Ambrosia for the “June gap” as removing supers may leave the bees without food when there is no foraging


Rosebay Willowherb

Honeysuckle