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  1. #1
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    Default How to crystalise honey?

    A couple of years ago I would always have surplus honey which would naturally crystalise. Sales have increased considerably and there is no surplus to carry over. Is there a way to speed-up the crystalising process, to create ideal conditions?

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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    I just started my first batch of creamed honey using a starter kit. There are some videos here and there that are helpful. Basically, you take either a starter "seed" that helps your honey crystallize very smoothly or you add a store bought supply of creamed honey and add that to your liquid honey. I think the ratio's are 1 part creamed honey to 10 parts liquid honey. Mix well and let sit in a cool area until the honey is "creamed" or "set". My first batch is only a day old so I'll be interested to see what happens in the next week or so.
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    Hi, check out "natures nectar blog" Jim Kloek has a video he posted on how he makes creamed honey.

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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    There is a proper temp to have the honey at to speed crystalization but off hand I don't know what it is. It's around (answer in next posts) deg F.
    Last edited by Beeslave; 12-02-2010 at 11:09 PM.
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    Keep it in the fridge to promote crystalization.
    Keep it in the freezer to prevent crystalization.
    Keep it at room temp and eat with a spoon!
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    55 degrees

    Web Search Dyce Method of Cream Honey Production or something like that. Dr. Dyce of Cornell University, deceased.
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    The closer you are to 57 F the quicker it crystallizes. The more seed is in it (other crystals) the faster it crystallizes. The less moisture, the faster it crystallizes.
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    You can add a thermostat controlled switch to a freezer to hold at 57F. I make 500 1 lb tubs at a time which barely fits in our freezer.

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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    So, I guess I have been wrong. It does crystalize faster in a refridgerator. As long as that refridgerator is maintained at a 57 degree temperature. I'll have to remember that.
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    I read about keeping it around 55 degrees and the instruction sheet that I received with my kit said to keep it in the fridge. Trouble was that the fridge was a lot colder than 55 degrees. The garage that the extra fridge is in is around 45F to 55F depending on the time of day so it's all out there on a shelf right now. We'll see......
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    I stacked 15 cases of quart jars(2010 yard rent) on my 12" thick concrete floor in my honey house. The cases were stacked in 4 piles and the heat was turned off in the honeyhouse. The bottom cases crystalized and the rest just started. With that observation I would say that it will granulate faster on the floor than sitting up of the floor.
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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    If you don't thoroughly mix in seed crystals (less than 50 microns size range) it will have a gritty mouth feel. If you are trying to make creamed honey then adding seed is usually necessary. If you have a market for a more grainy honey then no seed is needed.

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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    Thanks to all - I do want to crystalise the honey rather then cremed.
    It seems that I need to get an old chest freezer ( our temperature here never goes as low as 55 - 57 F / 13 - 14 C during the day even in winter) and fit a thermostate. On the other hand staking the jars on a cold concrete floor and let nature do the work sounds very tempting. Many thanks.

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    Default Re: How to crystalise honey?

    You could hold back some crystalized honey in the future and use it as seed to speed up the process.

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