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  1. #1
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    Default storage of jar honey

    Have any of you built a warm cabinet that to store cases of bottled honey ? I understand the concept of a "hot box" to warm crystallized honey. I dont keep my house warm and my honey house is only heated enough for freeze protection. However, winters are normally so mild here that the temp in the honey house stays to close to the 57 range for me to leave honey there.

    My set up works but I am just curious if there might be a better way..for me and the honey

    charlotte

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    old refg. or freezer --with light bulb and temp control set for 100 degree

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    Honey continuously kept at above normal temps can become darkened. I certainly wouldn't keep my honey at 100 degrees any longer than it took to liquify it.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    I was thinking... 70? Would that darken it ? I tend to keep my home cooler.

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    Are you trying to keep your honey from crystalizing? How much do you have? 70 won't do much, though it will slow the process somewhat.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    I am to the point of leaving it alone since it will crystalize anyway. If I am going to sell it, that's when I warm it - but only enough to liquify. I figure why waste all that energy trying to keep in a constant liquid state?

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    I would like some place to keep a few cases of honey that is already bottled (pints/plastic bears) from crystallizing until I sell it. I dont think my house is really warm enough and last year I had a few bears crystalize. It is hard to try to predict what people will buy though I do try to avoid bottling too many jars ahead. I guess I am just wanting to slow down the process without damaging (darkening) the honey.

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Are you trying to keep your honey from crystalizing? How much do you have? 70 won't do much, though it will slow the process somewhat.
    70 F is about 21 C - 17 C is pretty ideal to crystalize honey. At your room temp ( pretty cool) it is likely to slow the process.
    Funny - I actually try to crystalize a portion of my honey as it sells really well.

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    Yes, I make crystallized honey also..just dont want it in a plastic bear

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    Bottle it as you need it. Don't bottle the whole crop at once.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    Yes, that is good advice and I do practice that but sometimes I dont forecast what people want to buy . Thank You all.
    Charlotte Anderson - SC Master Beekeeper
    "Obviously, my bees have not read the same beekeeping books as me !"

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    Default Re: storage of jar honey

    So, do like I do on a larger scale. Tell them you will get them their order as soon as possible. If you can tell them when, w/in a few days or two, that's good. Most individuals can live w/out their honey for a day or two or even a week.
    Mark Berninghausen
    Squeak Creek Apiaries



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