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    Default Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    I had a previous thread on Shrinking plastic bottles.

    I have a bottling tank that I increased from 60 degrees to 120 degrees to remove the crystalization.

    I noticed that the honey that is now coming out of the bottling tank is much much darker than the honey that I first took out. I have a bottle from it and the honey is a light colored honey,

    Does warming honey up darken the honey.

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    Default Re: Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    I imagine that it could. If you warmed it up enough, it may even turn black.
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    Default Re: Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    In a word....Yes
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    Default Re: Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    at that sort of temperature wouldn't it be burnt?

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    I have to say, I wish I wasn't having my afternoon tea when I saw your name!!!
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    Default Re: Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    Dark and warm, just like in the hive, 90 to 95F degrees. Honey will turn darker when heated, and with long exposure to light as well.
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    Default Re: Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    How long did you leave it at 120? I kept honey for a year in my refrigerator (heater) where it ranged between 90-100. Over the year the honey darkened a little. I now keep it 80-90 degrees. It keeps it from crystallizing and I don't notice it darkening much.

    The honey that I keep in the freezer doesn't seem to change at all. I just pulled my last quart out that I put in last August seems exactly the same.

    That said...I think that it was The Hive and the Honey Bee book that says that storing honey at 80-90 degrees will deteriorate color, flavor and enzyme content "fairly quickly" (so much for my method, but I have to let the honey thaw from the freezer and I don't have that much room in there). Higher temps will be even worse. They claim that honey stored for years at very low temperatures cannot be distinguished from fresh honey (page 515 of my version - 8th printing 1986).

    So if you kept your honey for any time at all at 120 it would probably be dark, lose flavor and enzymes.

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    Default Re: Does Honey Change Color when warmed up??

    I originally had it at around 65 and for the past two weeks, it has been at 120

    I do have to tell you that alot of water condenses under the lid of the bottling tank and I never had that when it was at 65 -- I would say that it has turned several shades darker since being at this temperature.

    Live and learn -- I won't be putting at 120 for this year's harvest.

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