Sugar water residue/growth in jars
Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    Kirkland, WA
    Posts
    118

    Default Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    I've never had this black 'growth' in my jars/jugs. I switched from C&H sugar to a much cheaper sugar this year and I have to wonder if that didn't cause this. I am wondering if this is a mold. The 'new' sugar have Contents: Sugar stamped on the bags. Has anyone experienced this?

    IMG_20190925_142531.jpg
    OldMontgomerysFarm.com
    Paul Montgomery -- C-I-E-I-O

  2. Remove Advertisements
    BeeSource.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2014
    Location
    England, UK
    Posts
    1,640

    Default Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Black Mould (Mold in US) - sure - see this all the time if I don't add a splash of bleach to sugar syrup. I don't think it hurts the bees any, it just looks 'yucky'.
    LJ
    A Heretics Guide to Beekeeping http://heretics-guide.atwebpages.com/

  4. #3
    Join Date
    May 2016
    Location
    Wise county,Texas
    Posts
    292

    Default Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    See it also if not using bleach or apple cider vinegar. Wife feeds humming birds and it will get like that in the fridge if left to long as well.
    “Never be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the Ark, professionals built the Titanic”

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Colorado Springs, CO
    Posts
    862

    Default Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Paul,

    You can add a "splash" of vinegar to the sugar syrup to lower the pH. The natural pH of honey is around 4 or 5 so the bees will accept the sugar syrup with no problem and you will have eliminated any mold growth.

    Cheers,
    Steve

  6. #5
    Join Date
    Jan 2018
    Location
    Kirkland, WA
    Posts
    118

    Default Re: Sugar water residue/growth in jars

    Sounds good. I'll give it a try. Thanks all!
    OldMontgomerysFarm.com
    Paul Montgomery -- C-I-E-I-O

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •