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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

When Sugar Syrup Crystallizes!

In preparation for going to the mountains for Christmas, I took the tops off of the crystallized honey from Topsy and this is what I found:  totally crystallized sugar with ants caught in the sugar.

How do you imagine the ants got stuck there?  They certainly died a sweet death, but it's hard to imagine the crystallization happening so fast that they couldn't escape!



Here's the camera on another setting viewing the stuck ants....their feet encased in crystallized sugar.



The other jar looked about the same.  This is why I am now adding lemon juice to the bee tea.  The chemical result is that the sugar syrup doesn't crystallize.


I have not put food on Topsy since after Thanksgiving.  It has been extremely cold in Atlanta - in the 20s most days - so I wasn't thinking the bees would be able to move around.  We are about to go into January and February when the bees are most in danger of starving so I have my fingers crossed for my hives.


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2 comments:

  1. Linda - how much lemon juice per how much honey? I have problems with crystallizing too!
    david

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  2. http://beekeeperlinda.blogspot.com/2010/11/chemistry-secret-to-crystal-free-21.html

    Here's the post where I figured it out. I don't know exact proportions, but you can read what worked. Hope this helps. Linda

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