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Trevor Gillbanks

October 2019 Apiary Diary

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1 hour ago, tristan said:

new is probably not the correct term, it hasn't been all that common.

however now we have far more people who take honey off wet so they can move hives to the next flow, and then get their honey dried and heat treated (for CFU's).

 

i would be interested to see what setup you have. i have seen some that don;t require high heat. have toyed with the idea on putting something in the extraction plant so its dried if required before its drummed especially has the honey is still warm.

 

Honey is spread out over a large area, around 30 sq. metres and "dryish" air from the dehumidifier(s) is blown over the surface. All done in a small polypanel room, where the dehumidifiers extract the moisture from the air. This little room is upstairs; honey pump from the holding tank below to it and the honey drains by gravity down into the holding tank again. Honey temperature is controlled by the room temperature, which is controlled by an air conditioning unit. The system takes a certain amount of water out of the honey per hour, so you circulate the honey for a time depending on starting moisture content of the honey, target and quantity.

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1 hour ago, kevin moore said:

so is this honey passed over a hot surface like pasteurization, but not as hot maybe !

it is pasteurisation. high CFU count can mean it needs to go through heat treatment.

afaik  the honey is heated up quickly then cooled down quickly aka flash heating. the principle here is the short length of time keeps the damage to the honey to a minimum. 

the other thing to keep in mind afaik with moisture removal is MGO decreases as you loose some of it with the water thats taken out.

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6 hours ago, yesbut said:

As opposed to heating it to 70c  then hitting it with a vacuum...

Can be done at 40 degrees c with the right setup.

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