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    Default Honey smells like urine

    I bottled some honey this year that smelled to me just like urine.....any ideas? I can't stand for the wife to even use it to cook with however her and the kids say that it smells fine to them.

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    Default Re: Honey smells like urine

    Malaluka honey perhaps?
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    Default Re: Honey smells like urine

    I was told that Holley produces that smell in honey. Do you have many holley bushes near your hives?

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    Default Re: Honey smells like urine

    actually yes, quite a few holley. hmm

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    I can smell a bit of urea in all the honey I've ever smelled from anyone from any source. That's just normal. Maybe some people don't notice...
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    Default Re: Honey smells like urine

    Quote Originally Posted by whiterk View Post
    I bottled some honey this year that smelled to me just like urine.....
    What does your urine smell like?
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    Pee.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lost Possom View Post
    I was told that Holley produces that smell in honey. Do you have many holley bushes near your hives?
    We get a lot of holly honey and it certainly does NOT smell like urine. So, if the holly honey in FL is the same as VA, then you can probably rule that out. Perhaps there are different holly trees/bushes that have this issue, certainly not American, Chinese Holly.

    I'd guess its more likely a honeydew that is the cause. Some years we get a honey that is collected after the main spring flow and before the cotton that is horrible (smell and taste).
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    Default Re: Honey smells like urine

    Uh.... nevermind.

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    Hey Bush, how does one acquire the skills necessary to sniff out the odor of urea in honey? Sorry, I couldn't resit asking this question. Still laughing over here. You've got to be peeing me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rader Sidetrack View Post
    Pee.
    Bee pee?

    I guess there aren't any FL beekeepers on beesource who know what malaluka honey smells like? I hear it's a foul tasting honey. But I have never seen it myself or have any idea what it smells like. But since no one replied to my first Post about Malaluka I must be talking to the wrong crowd.

    Rader didn't even throw up a link to it.

    By the way, it's a tree. Planted by the Army Corp of Engineers to aid in soil erosion, especially around Lake Ocachobee.
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    I really don't think we have malaluka trees where my hives are, I've spent a lot of time in those woods as a kid and I've never seen it, I looked up a picture of it.

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    Default Re: Honey smells like urine

    Have you upset your neighbors lately. Maybe it is Urine.

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    We had bees in a holly orchard for 3 years, no hint of urine taste or smell in the honey, it's actually very nice honey.

    We bought a bottle of buckwheat honey a couple weeks ago, just to try it. Smells and tastes like a stale urinal. We were considering putting an acre and a half of buckwheat in, just for the bee forage, because we have the land doing nothing right now. It'll get white clover in the spring, dont want our bees anywhere near buckwheat after tasting that.

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    > Rader didn't even throw up a link to it.

    Frankly, Mark, I didn't know what you were talking about. Perhaps if you had spelled Melaleuca correctly it might have been more clear.



    As it was I wondered if you were misspelling M
    anuka, but since that doesn't grow in the in the northern hemisphere it was a puzzle.
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    Quote Originally Posted by whiterk View Post
    I really don't think we have malaluka trees where my hives are, I've spent a lot of time in those woods as a kid and I've never seen it, I looked up a picture of it.
    I think we're too far north for it.
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    >Hey Bush, how does one acquire the skills necessary to sniff out the odor of urea in honey?

    I guees I was born with the skills to smell stuff... as far as doing an ID on urine, I'm a mammal myself and have lived with mammals all my life. I have five kids, 8 grandkids, five horses and have had many animals over the years. I think I know the smell...

    As far as how much urea is in honey, I don't know, but mead makers often add more, so it must not be very much...
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    Quote Originally Posted by grozzie2 View Post
    We bought a bottle of buckwheat honey a couple weeks ago, just to try it. Smells and tastes like a stale urinal.
    I found the same thing, except i thought it was a very strong rodent urine smell. It did have a distinctive taste, but did not taste like it smelled.
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    So is that why there's foam on top of my mead?

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    I KNEW this thread would take a turn for the worst
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