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Rabbitdog
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« on: May 23, 2005, 12:27:53 PM »

This has been a very unique spring in my part of VA.   The bloom period for everything seems to have been up to 50% longer than usual.  Black locust bloomed heavier and longer than even the oldest of the old timers can remember.  I normally get very excited about early spring honey and it usually is very light colored and sweet with very little acid aftertaste.  However, this weekend I pulled two supers of capped honey for extraction and got a shock.  The honey was very dark.  It tasted fair but had a noticeable bitter aftertaste.  It's not fit for human consumption as far as I'm concerned.  Maybe it can go back to the bees.  How???
I am wondering if anyone else has pulled honey yet and experienced similar problems.  Any idea what would be the cause of the bitterness?
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2005, 01:31:40 PM »

You can give it back to the bees if you like.  Buckwheat honey is that dark and tastes a bit like molasses.  Around here the bitter honey is usually not honey but honeydew collected off of aphids.
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« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2005, 01:40:32 PM »

Could it be honey from the fall? I forgot the name of the stuff usually harvested by the bees - sourwood?

Anyway.... it's darker, and stronger. My husband hated it, and said he could smell it in the house for days giving him a stomach ache.

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« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2005, 07:25:09 PM »

As for feeding it back to them.....

Just like you would sugar water, but water a little it down so they can take it.
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« Reply #4 on: May 25, 2005, 10:43:15 AM »

You weren't medicating any of your hives recently, were you?
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« Reply #5 on: May 25, 2005, 11:01:31 PM »

sourwood honey is sweet with no biter after taste
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