How Long to Rest Before Bottling?
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  1. #1
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    Default How Long to Rest Before Bottling?

    I'm a new backyard beekeeper in Florida with one colony. I've just strained my first harvest of about four gallons of sweet, fragrant, dark, thick honey. How long should I rest it before I bottle it into my 16 and 32 oz bottles? I've heard from 2 days to two weeks. I strained through a 600 and a 400 micron screen. Is there likely to be anything to rise up or settle out other than air?

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: How Long to Rest Before Bottling?

    Yes, there is more than just tiny air bubbles. There are pieces of wax in there too.

    I would let it sit a minimum of one day, and longer if it is in a cool place. The warmer the honey is, the faster everything rises or settles out.

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    Default Re: How Long to Rest Before Bottling?

    After using the 400 micron screen you shouldn't have anything except air bubbles. Let it sit for a day or 2 then bottle it. You'll get a few tiny bubbles while bottling but they'll rise to the top overnight.

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    Default Re: How Long to Rest Before Bottling?

    Generally 24hrs is ok, 48 hrs would be optimal.
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    Default Re: How Long to Rest Before Bottling?

    yup. I generally take mine and put it in qts, then let it sit 24 hrs before i rebottle into smaller containers. Works great for me
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