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Re: News from Down Under
« Reply #60 on: April 01, 2024, 06:38:55 pm »
In 46 yeasr of beekeeping i feed bees just one winter.
I make sure that i leave plenty of honey to see the girls through winter.

This is a short article on feeding ( from the US)

https://www.beeculture.com/off-the-wahl-beekeeping-8/

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« Reply #61 on: April 02, 2024, 03:53:10 pm »
I wrote somewhere about keeping honey liquid.

I just came across an article by Prof Collison which is able to give a fuller and more accurate picture he says: " Honey crystallization is most rapid at temperatures between 10 to 15 C.
At temperatures below 10C the crystallization process is slowed  down."

This does not necessarily match my experience but I trust his more scientific  data.
 
He goes on" Honey resists crystallization best at a higher temperatures more than 25C"

I think the key word here  is " resists" .
With raw honey, honey which has not been micro filtered we would always have plenty of seed crystals to aid the process.

(Hamden 2010) mentions that at 40 C the crystals dissolve.
As we all know, honey quality would deteriorate above this temperature.

The process of crystallization  by heating to 40C is well known and documented.

People have been experimenting with ultrasound treatment of honey to decrystallize as this would affect the rheological properties of honey.

few of us would have a set up to use such a method.
I think I stick to heating to not more then 40C

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Re: News from Down Under
« Reply #62 on: April 21, 2024, 02:16:33 am »
Another few rainy days.
Well, it is Sunday, a day of rest :rolleyes:
We had a great market yesterday and a chace to catch up with a number of beekeepers.
A number report that they have supers full of honey and we don't know what is flowering?
 Our valley is blessed with a lot of forest and tall trees. At times it is very difficult to see what is actually flowering.


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Re: News from Down Under
« Reply #63 on: May 28, 2024, 02:47:54 am »
This is the time when beekeepers in this part of the world switch from bees to gardens....and other hobbys.
After a few of weeks of decent weather the garden has recovered with a lot TLC.
Our cattle are starting to drop their calves too.

A good time to do some fencing and weedcontrol.
It is also the time of our Agricultural show.

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« Reply #64 on: June 02, 2024, 02:29:40 am »
I entered some honey, wax, comb honey, nuts and some veg in the Maleny Show.
We got 4 x First, 2 x second and 6 x third.
I was pleased to get a First for my Comb Honey.

The same bloke got quite a few firsts for his honey.
I'm never quite sure how they judge it here at the Ag Show in Maleny.
I just take a jar and put it aside when I do some bottling.
I'm using Flint Jars ( which I believe are made from recycled glass) and they don't show up the honey as well as "new" jars