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  1. #1
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    I read that adding acidity to syrup would retard molding in warm, humid weather. what should the acidity be? I also read that vitamin C is someone's miracle additive. Will this suffice? what other recommendations have you all to offer?

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    Here is the acidity of honey and the acids that it contains: http://www.nhb.org/download/factsht/ph-acid.pdf


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    Wayacoyote,
    I'm surprised that your post didn't get more response because it's an excellent question. Especially if you feed a lot and see a lot of that slime in the syrup. I use top feeders and it's not too easy to rinse them. I bought a (Costco) cheap bottle of vitamin C with rose hips and ran it through the blender. I've been adding a little to each batch of syrup. It's actually Ascorbic acid so it should lower the PH. I'll let you know the results. Elsewhere it was mentioned that putting a piece of copper wire in the feed would add something for the bees and keep the mold down. All I can say so far is that it doesn't seem to hurt.

    Dickm

    [This message has been edited by dickm (edited April 22, 2004).]

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