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First week of December v last week of December. Same hive, same location!

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@Bruis Which is which? Mine is getting lighter as the clover takes over. 

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@Bruis is the darker one a stronger taste?

I have found it does not really correlate always.

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Fair comment....we have some even darker honey from last year...we call it 'bush' honey because we live alongside a deep gully filled with most of the NZ native species, including manuka.  That honey definitely has a stronger taste. This year for the first time, a large paddock on the other side of the property which is usually heavily grazed, was left to lie fallow, and the bees have obviously targetted the clover, dandelion and other grasses to produce this exceptionally pale honey. The darker variety from earlier this month would have been a mixture of both I think...and it does taste much milder than heretofore! 

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Different frames,  same hive, within a day or so 

 

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3 minutes ago, kaihoka said:

@Beefriendly. Do you know what the different honeys are 

Ah no....

We have such a variety for the bees to forage on

I’ve settled on a name... just because

‘Peacockes Multiflora’

I gave M4tt a tiny sample pot. They both thought it had a cinnamon after taste

 

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And today I creamed part of the harvest from yesterday’s frame

 

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Same frame creamed v liquid

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2 hours ago, Beefriendly said:

And today I creamed part of the harvest from yesterday’s frame

 

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Same frame creamed v liquid

What starter did you use to cream it

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Half my honey harvest is now creamed. I jarred it up and a couple of weeks afterwards it had gone a lovely white, very smooth  on the tongue and easy to spread although it seems firm in the jar.  The other half of the harvest from the same day is still liquid.   The third lot I got two weeks later is almost jelly-like. I have no idea what they are, though.

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1 hour ago, kaihoka said:

What starter did you use to cream it

I used @M4tt s formula.. 10% ratio 

and his creamed honey as the starter

It went creamy straight away

maybe because I only worked 800g

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4 hours ago, Janice said:

Half my honey harvest is now creamed. I jarred it up and a couple of weeks afterwards it had gone a lovely white, very smooth  on the tongue and easy to spread although it seems firm in the jar.  The other half of the harvest from the same day is still liquid.   The third lot I got two weeks later is almost jelly-like. I have no idea what they are, though.

My sister in Dunedin says there is lots of rata flowering there .

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