Why does my honey harden within hours?
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  1. #1
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    Default Why does my honey harden within hours?

    I'm wondering if anyone can offer any thoughts on why the honey I harvest from my top bar hive turns hard/white within hours of harvesting it?

    Thanks.
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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    Wow! That's hours after harvesting? I would guess it was already in the process of crystallizing and you had it somewhere near the optimum (57 F) temperature to crystallize quickly.
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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    English Ivy honey is my guess.

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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    Hours may have been a little misleading. Really, it was 24-48 hours.

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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    You have to extract Ivy honey immediately. Get it in a bucket and you can warm it later.

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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    I've had late season honey crystalize on me within a few days. It was pulled well after the golden rod had bloomed and silly me stored it in the basement on the floor in mid October to settle before bottling. Live and learn
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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    That's really interesting. There is ivy around, so that could be. I know that they're bringing in different color pollen from different plants, so why would so many of them be going only for ivy? Is there anything I can do to the honey, or is that just how it's going to be?

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    Default Re: Why does my honey harden within hours?

    Hmm, I'd make that into creamed honey. Before I got my bees I'd go to Trader Joes and get 'creamed honey', now I don't think it was really creamed honey, it looks like the honey you have pictured. I loved taking it with me when I traveled, I had honey for my tea and it was nice and stiff, never spilled.
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