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  1. #1
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    Default Creamed Honey advice

    Made some cinnamon creamed honey about 9 days ago and it seems to be taking a long time setting up. Background: I didn't rapidly cool my honey after reaching 140. Also, I've been keeping it in a garage where the temp. is around 40. Should I just be patient, move the honey to warmer room, or? Any advise is much appreciated. Thanks

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    I would think the 140 is a bit too hot. On the other hand the 40 might be too cool. Just my thoughts.

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    Temp. is ok but 55deg is better. Could take 1-2 weeks. What ratio honey to starter? I use 1-part starter to 9-parts honey by weight.
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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    Quote Originally Posted by cheesegenie View Post
    I would think the 140 is a bit too hot. On the other hand the 40 might be too cool. Just my thoughts.
    140deg is recommended to get rid of previous crystals. Otherwise, cream honey might be to course.
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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    If you didn't cool it down to 100 before adding seed you wasted your time. It may never set up.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    If you didn't cool it down to 100 before adding seed you wasted your time. It may never set up.
    Correct!
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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    Gotta make me some someday.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    This method works well for me.

    The Dyce Method for Creamed Honey Production

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    If you didn't cool it down to 100 before adding seed you wasted your time. It may never set up.
    I did let it cool down to 75. My concern was leaving it in the cool garage to set. My basement temp. is about 60. I thought about moving down there.

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    Good. Then wherever you can put it and keep it as close to 57 degrees temp, that will promote crystalization the quickest. Be patient.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    I never heat it at all. I just mix in the seed and try to keep it as close to 57 F as I can without working too hard. In Nebraska that usually means putting it on the window sill in the winter... but I have considered setting up a fridge to do it with it more exactly 57 F.

    Of course, if you had it 140 F when you added the seed you melted the seed, which was the point of heating in the first place, to melt any crystals that were there.
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    I saw this video of a local beek, it has a few tips in it for those, like myself, that have never made creamed honey. It's about 8.5 minutes long.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=AiqrU71aJGc

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    Default Re: Creamed Honey advice

    I got a small fridge type wine cooler to make creamed honey. It easily maintains 55 degrees year round and I often have honey set in 2 days.

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