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Old 03-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #11
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millershoney.com out of California has the best price shipped to Arizona that I can find for bulk orange blossom....

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Old 03-11-2011, 11:41 PM   #12
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Has anyone tried the Mesquite Honey from TraderJoe's? It's something like $9 for 3 pounds.

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Old 03-11-2011, 11:50 PM   #13
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I'm not big on mesquite flavors, so I probably wouldn't get that much. If I could buy less than a pound, I'd give it a try. Of course, the only mesquite flavor I have for reference is from using it for smoke wood... Could be completely different.

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Actually, for those of you in California - taking AZ IPA's advice, I found a new cheapest supplier of orange blossom honey. I can get 2 gallons (24 lbs) shipped to San Francisco from their farm for $77.68 (about $50 for the honey, plus $25 for shipping).

I might go with them. But first, I'm going to call to make sure the honey is in fact local and not from China or Mars or something.

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Old 03-12-2011, 12:28 AM   #15
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Also - I have tasted the Mesquite Honey from Trader Joe's, though I haven't brewed with it. It does have a strong aroma.

Have any of you tried to brew with Mesquite Honey?

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I had no idea what type of honey I should buy for my first mead either, so I just bought my LHBS's cheapest type, "wildflower". I assume that just means that the bees pollinated all sorts of plants, so I probably got a mish-mash of different honey flavors.

Next time I'd like to try clover-only honey.

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So I just spoke to the Miller's Honey rep on the phone.

She told me that they have no way of tracking where the honey is from or when it was harvested. She says they get honey from all over the world, but they don't have any documentation system for how old the honey is or where it was harvested.

My sense is that this could lead to mixed results. You could get some really fresh honey one day, and then get some really stale honey the next.

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So I just spoke to the Miller's Honey rep on the phone.

She told me that they have no way of tracking where the honey is from or when it was harvested. She says they get honey from all over the world, but they don't have any documentation system for how old the honey is or where it was harvested.

My sense is that this could lead to mixed results. You could get some really fresh honey one day, and then get some really stale honey the next.
That's somewhat alarming on one hand; but on the other hand, honey doesn't go stale....
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If they're not using just local, or even US based honey, I'd go on to another apiary, and not use them.

I'm looking to use at least regional honey in my fermentations. There are several apiaries in New England that I can go to for that. Some of which are within easy driving distance too.

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I had no idea what type of honey I should buy for my first mead either, so I just bought my LHBS's cheapest type, "wildflower". I assume that just means that the bees pollinated all sorts of plants, so I probably got a mish-mash of different honey flavors.

Next time I'd like to try clover-only honey.
Wildflower is purported to be a little "better" than clover....

I wouldn't spend lots of money buying clover - you can usually get that at Costco or somewhere else for relatively cheap.
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