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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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Re: News from Down Under
« 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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