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  1. #1
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    Default Near black cutout comb, assuming the honey is fine?

    Halfway through a cutout, plan for the worst and still always takes me longer. Massive hive, but hardly any comb lighter than brown, mostly black. Bees made home between a shed floor and sand ground. Sand + honey+ sawdust+ displaced bees... you can use your imagination on that one. Crushed the best comb for honey, looks like molasses. Is this because of the nectar source, dark comb, or a combo of both? It's tasty regardless, just curious if comb contributes to color.

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    Default Re: Near black cutout comb, assuming the honey is fine?

    AS I understand it the honey color is due to the nectar source. The wax darkens due to the millions of dirty little bee feet that get to walk all over it. How true that last bit is I don't know.....

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    Default Re: Near black cutout comb, assuming the honey is fine?

    Thanks

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Near black cutout comb, assuming the honey is fine?

    The comb is black because of the many layers of cocoons. The honey may be dark because of the source (some are almost black) or because it's old (HMF build up and the honey gets darker over time).
    Michael Bush bushfarms.com/bees.htm "Everything works if you let it." ThePracticalBeekeeper.com 40y 200h 37yTF

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