Yes, of course. I was imagining she had the combs in the Honey House, not in the field, when I described shaking the combs.
Guess i won't wait for Santa, I'll check Ebay tonite. I did enter the Medina fair last year too, but I entered it in the wrong color class and lost 20 pts. I did lose a point for a level of 16.2% though. Live and learn
If 14% moisture honey is honey, low moisture honey, why isn't 18.75% moisture honey honey also? High moisture honey. I know it won't be stable very long, but mixed w/ the 14% in equal parts, won't that even out the two products to 16.75% moisture content? Well inside the perameters?
Do you get a correspondingly higher price for your custom honey?
Tenbears, I understand you take great pride in offering your customers the best honey nature can provide, and your customers are educated to know the difference. I am commited to a pure quality product for my customers also, and educate them the best I can if I have the opportunity. But honestly, I don't think your customers or my customers would be able to tell the difference between my honey and your honey in a comparison. We just both believe that our honey is the best, and that's the way it should be.
Yes, blending a lower moisture honey with a higher moisture honey will certainly balance the content. I never said we did not blend honey. in fact you can take honey of any moisture place it in an unsealed container in a room with a constant temperature of 80.6 degrees Fahrenheit and a relative humidity of 59% and it will eventually reach 17.8% moisture. However, honey with a higher moisture content has a significantly higher chance of fermenting than that of honey below that threshold. and honey at 17.8 although possible for it to ferment. it is highly unlikely.
to determine how long it will take to reach the 17.8 % one can take the surface area times depth divided by 3 times 1/2 the driving force times 1.5 Basically the greater the surface area and shallower the depth the faster the moisture will be removed. By the same token honey containing 17.8% moisture stored in unsealed containers at lower temperatures and, or greater relative humidity will increase in moisture content.
Capped honey is most commonly found within the hive at between 16.5% and 18.5% however at times it can be lower. The 18.5% is considered to be the magic number at which point fermentation is unlikely to occur. as the bees tent to cap the honey once it gets about 18.5% moisture. I use the capped honey as my indicator. We advertise that we do not package uncapped honey. or honey the brood comb. nor do we extract for sale honey that was produced while syrup feeders are in use. We stand behind our product. and are true to our word.
So you can expect me to forever and all time recommend that those who want to produce top quality honey extract only capped honey. Like the add says, we will sell no wine before it's time. Or honey! at least not to retail. It then becomes their choice how and what they do.
Last edited by Tenbears; 06-25-2013 at 07:05 AM.