The microbes are dormant.
I've used organic honey, unpasteurized/unfiltered, to inoculate media made from 1/2 gallon 1:1 sucrose + 1/2 gallon whole milk.
So, I now have 1 gallon inoculated with honey from NY and NH, and another gallon inoculated with honey from provence-France, the Himalayas, and Brazilian 'Killer Bees'.
I can essentially try out strains found in honey from around the world. All at once should I choose to do so.
They're in the inucubator at a little over 30 degrees C.