I still have some honey from my first beekeeping year (three seasons ago) that is liquid and delicious.
This past year for the first time I harvested before July 4. I harvested on Memorial Day weekend. Every jar from that harvest has crystalized - it's beautiful creamed honey but not what I was expecting. I left my house with the heat set at 60 degrees over Thanksgiving for a week. All of my honey was in the same place. The Memorial Day honey all granulated - none of the rest.
I never take frames that have uncapped cells - at most there will be a few cells around the edges that are not capped, but I would say I only harvest frames with 96 - 98% capped honey.
I won't harvest that early again this year - but I'm wondering
- if taking the honey without letting it sit for a while in the hive in capped cells increases granulation? Does some ripening process happen after the honey is capped?
- I also wondered if something in the nectar - a type of pollen perhaps - might have increased the chances of this honey granulating?
Happy New Year Everyone,
Linda T, Curious in Atlanta