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    Default water in honey

    I just did a cutout with some new honey/nectar. the hive was pretty productive for only a week and a half of residence. I crushed/strained and ended up with a somewhat runny couple of quarts of honey-ish nectar. Is it OK to heat it on low to evaporate some H2O? If so, is there a temp threshold so I don't ruin the goodness?

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    Default Re: water in honey

    I don't consume honey from cutouts, you never know who may have sprayed them with what before you got there, just a precaution. Sounds like you have high moisture content in the honey/nectar anyways and there is no practical way to evaporate that much water, just feed it back to the bees. John

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    I was in contact with the owner from the day the swarm made it's home. No chemicals here, I'm sure of it.

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    Not worth the trouble. Dump it or feed it to the bees you took from the building.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Default Re: water in honey

    honey is the great chief's purest gift. any contamination at all ruins it. why consume garbage,,, you would not dream of eating yogurt with clean pure chicken fat in it would you?

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    Default Re: water in honey

    Are you saying feral bees make garbage honey?
    Last edited by honeyman46408; 06-17-2013 at 07:24 PM. Reason: UNQuote

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    Default Re: water in honey

    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    Not worth the trouble. Dump it or feed it to the bees you took from the building.
    I'm sorry you didn't like the replies. Maybe you should be more specific next time you have a question.
    Mark Berninghausen "That which works, persists."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sqkcrk View Post
    I'm sorry you didn't like the replies. Maybe you should be more specific next time you have a question.
    Mark , I think he was specific enough with his original post to get some better answers than what he got. John

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