I've been wondering for awhile how this works? If bees are making honey comb stores but the area has a dry year,and the beek is feeding syrup most of the summer;WHAT is the result? Some kind of edible sugar-honey mix or what? Is capped syrup a different color than capped honey? Does the beek taste test it or something? Does capped syrup ferment and go bad?
I've had several local honeys and I remember clearly thinking one of them tasted like sugar (but looked like honey and had a honey fragrance). Is that what you'd get or is it VERY "different" if it's 50 percent or more syrup?
Thanks! I'm new and my bees are still taking syrup but have started on their honey stores. Their numbers in the hive doubled noticeably just this last week. They are bringing in lots of pollen and I'm going to stop feeding when the current quart is gone and see how they do. I'm curious about those first bars of syrup-"honey" though! But not willing to "bother" their store for an experiment!