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« on: September 12, 2020, 09:58:36 am »
Can last year's uncapped but now fermented honey be feed back to the bees as part of fall feeding program?

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Re: FEEDING
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2020, 08:30:17 pm »
Can give them dysentry so make sure its flying weather if you do.

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Re: FEEDING
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2020, 01:16:16 am »
Hi Blair, not sure what you mean by fermented honey? do you mean crystalized honey?
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Re: FEEDING
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2020, 06:28:39 am »
Uncapped harvested honey with more than 18% water will sometimes ferment over time due to wild yeast content. I have approx 8lb left over from last years harvest and I'm wondering if it would be safe to feed back to the bees.

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Re: FEEDING
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2020, 07:41:22 am »
Jen, fermented honey is what they use to make mead with.

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Re: FEEDING
« Reply #5 on: September 14, 2020, 02:53:32 pm »
Alcohol is poisonous to bees. So be sure if you do feed it back to them, it is in small amounts. Also, as RAST Indicated, it has been known to give them dysentery… So make sure it is nice enough weather for them to handle that as well. If it were me, I would either make Mead, or dispose of it.
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Re: FEEDING
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2020, 09:07:52 pm »
Some people will buy anything!
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Re: FEEDING
« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2020, 05:23:49 am »
i have some fermented honey & offered it to a friend who makes mead. he says its
 not suitable for making mead.