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    Default Eating Unripe Honey

    Lately I've had to cut comb out of my TBH to fix cross combing. In doing so I've cut out some comb containing uncapped/unripe honey. Can I eat it? I know it's just modified nectar, but I wasn't sure how the natural bacteria that the bees put in the honey might affect me. Not sure if it has to mature or something. Maybe this is a silly question, but so far I have just been tossing all the comb in a tuperware in the freezer until I can melt it down for the wax later.
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    Default Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    The things the bees inoculate it with are beneficial things. Mostly forms of Lactose bacillus. If you eat it before it ferments it will be fine. If you like mead, you can wait a little while...
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    Default Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    Is there an easy way to tell what level of fermentation it could be at? Or do I need special equipment. I would LOVE to make some mead, but I certainly don't have enough of the unripe honey to do that. I was just wondering if I could take what I do have and spread it on some toast.

    Does freezing honey have any affect on it's properties (other than the whole frozen thing). If I were to put those combs back in the hive, would the bees be able to take that honey back and make use of it?
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    Default Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    Just because the honey is uncapped, not yet capped, does not mean it is unripe. Does it easily shake out of the comb? Why don't you simply let the bees take it and use it?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    I think that is what I am going to do, just give it back to the bees. When I first cut it out, I took it out of the hive to prevent any potential robbing scenario. But I'd love to give it back to them now. I just posted a thread about it in the TBH forums. Check it out there and let me know. Thanks.
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    Default Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    I don't see why you couldn't have left the comb inside the hive for the bees to deal w/ themselves. If they are strong enuf to defend their hive, robbing shouldn't be a problem. Are there other hives nearby or in the yard?
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: Eating Unripe Honey

    "...would the bees be able to take that [frozen] honey back and make use of it?..."

    Uh, well, what about honey still in the hive after winter is over? Didn't that get frozen?

    Oh, just realized you're in Texas. Northern bees do just fine with "frozen" honey.

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