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  1. #1
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    Default White clouds in honey-safe?

    I have noticed the formation of white, milky clouds in honey that I opened up and used.
    I am wondering if it is contamination from spoons or honey dippers (water, bacteria, fungi?).
    It does not appear to be crystallization--since honey is still liquid.

    This honey was extracted this season and was never heated just strained with 400 micron screen.

    Any thoughts on if this should be of concern for consumption.

    - can this be bacteria or fungi?


    Thanks,
    Shawn

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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    Could be wax particulates aggregating? Nothing should grow in it that I'm aware of unless the moisture content is too high.

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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    My guess would be it is starting to crystallize.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 12-11-2012 at 05:45 PM.

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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    It is just doing what it does. Putting the jars in the dishwasher for a cycle or two will gently warm the honey up and melt the crystals.

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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    To follow up, what does fermenting honey look like?
    It is definitely not crystallizing, but there are white cloudy clusters in it.
    Yeast?

    Thanks,
    Shawn

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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    You will see bubbles and the honey will have an aroma of fermentation. If your honey is sufficiently low in moisture I assume it is the beginning of granulation. If it worries you just warm it up a bit and I am guessing it will clear up pretty quickly.
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 12-16-2012 at 01:39 PM. Reason: UNQuote
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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    There are some pics of fermented honey in jars at: http://www.kimesapiary.com/Fermentation.html#signs
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    Default Re: White clouds in honey-safe?

    It sounds like the start of crystallizing, probably from the drop in temperatures.

    If it is fermenting it will build up pressure inside your jars, you might listen for it and smell it as you open it.

    If it is fermenting or crystallizes beyong usable then turn it into mead. Or just turn it into mead anyways

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